SHAH ALAM, July 10 (Bernama) -- Three men were sentenced to 21 years jail each by the High Court here today after they pleaded guilty to an amended charge of causing the death of a man during a drug deal at a restaurant in Klang near here, three years ago.
Building supervisor, S. Baskaran, 38, lorry driver S. Ashok Thevar, 30, and car salesman K. Uthaya Kumar, 29, were charged with causing the death of Wan Wan Zakaria Hamat, 39, using machetes at Restoran Lotus, No 1, Jalan Dato Dollah, Off Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, Klang, Selangor at around 12.30am on Dec 27, 2010.
The trio had earlier been charged with murder which carries the mandatory death sentence,if convicted.
Judge Datuk Nurchaya Arshad ordered them to serve the sentence from Dec 30, 2010, the date when all three were caught.
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During mitigation, counsel V. Ayasamy, who represented all three accused, urged the court to impose a lenient sentence as they had pleaded guilty to the amended charge and regretted their action.
However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Fazillah Begum Abdul Ghani objected, saying the cruelty of the three accused caused the victim to suffer more that 20 cuts all over his body.
According to the facts, a man had been used as a bait by the trio to buy Rm1,000 worth of syabu from the victim. On arriving at the rendezvous point, the victim noticed the presence of the three accused and tried to run away but was hit by a bus.
He managed to run to the restaurant but was set upon by the three accused.
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