Lorry driver sentenced to death for murdering assistant registrar

A lorry driver was sentenced to death for the murder (Dayak Daily Pic)

By Emma Victoria

The High Court in Sibu sentenced a lorry driver to death yesterday after he was found guilty of murdering an assistant registrar two years ago.

Judge Lim Hock Leng ruled the decision against Philip Uja, 44, after finding that the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt.

According to The Star, the judge made the ruling after considering all aspects and evidence, including evidence from an e-hailing driver, a telephone conversation between the accused and the victim, the victim’s necklaces and an attempted murder by the accused, and found that it was undeniable that the prosecution has established a case against the accused under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Philip was charged with the murder of Nurnia Azalea, 26, between 8pm on August 1, 2018 and 2.30pm on August 2, 2018, at a rented room in Tiong Hua Road in Sibu.

Philip was represented by defence lawyer Rosli Gapor while the prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Arif Aizuddin.

The deceased, who was a registrar assistant with the National Registration Department, was found by her colleagues living next door with her hands and legs bound.

The post-mortem revealed that she died of skull fractures and internal bleeding. She also had severe injuries on her face, head and neck.

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