SHAH ALAM, July 11 (Bernama) -- Just because of a dispute over a chair, a Nepalese factory worker in a fit of rage stabbed the head of a Bangladeshi colleague seven times causing the victim to die, two years ago.
Today, at the High Court here, he pleaded guilty to causing the death of the victim and was sentenced to 21 years jail for the offence.
Judge Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah ordered Milan Magar, 23, to serve the sentence from the date of his arrest on Jan 22, 2011.
Milan admitted to committing the offence to an amended charge of causing the death of Faruk Miah, 32, at Lot 8095, Jalan Sungai Rasau 32, Sungai Rasau Industri Park, in Section 16 here at 10.50am the same day.
He had initially been charged with murder which carries the mandatory death sentence, if conivicted.
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The alternative charge provided for jail up to 30 years and could be fined.
The dispute arose when the victim asked Milan to vacate the chair he was sitting on and asked the accused to find himself another chair.
Milan left the scene but later came back with a dagger and stabbed the victim.
In his judgement, Abdul Alim said he had to impose a deterrent sentence because a man lost his life over a trivial matter.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Nordin Ismail prosecuted while counsel K.A. Ramu represented the accused.
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