MIRI: The main accused in the mafia-style shooting of native rights activist Bill Kayong (pic) two years ago has been sentenced to death.
High Court judge Justice P. Ravinthran ruled that Mohamad Fitri Pauz, 30, was guilty of fatally shooting Miri PKR secretary Kayong on June 21, 2016.
“I found the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.
“I sentence the accused to death for the offence,” he said.
On June 6 last year, Sarawak businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, 46, who was charged with abetment in the killing of Kayong, was acquitted by the same High Court in Miri.
Two others, Lie Chang Loon, 38, and Chin Wui Chung, 51, were also discharged and acquitted without their defence being called.
Ravinthran told Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Latif and defence lawyer Rambir Singh that he was satisfied that the evidence had linked the accused to the fatal shooting.
Kayong was shot dead at the traffic lights near the E-Mart at Kuala Baram district.
The four men were arrested separately at various places and on different dates after the shooting.