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Shah Alam: Three men who are currently serving time in jail for offences under the Firearms Act were yesterday sentenced to 18 years' jail for armed robbery.
High Court judge Noor Azian Shaari sentenced Chung Cheng Seng, 45, Lai Kum Leng, 45, and Tan Mian Chee, 59, after they pleaded guilty to armed robbery at a poultry house at No. 22, Jalan Pelanduk Satu, Taman Suntex, Batu 9, Cheras, in Hulu Langat at 7.15am on Aug 16, 2009.
Chung, a night market trader, and Lai, a contractor, were also ordered to receive six strokes of the rotan for the offence. Tan, a lorry driver, was spared from whipping due to his age. The trio initially faced the death sentence or life imprisonment for committing armed robbery that caused the death of car washer Asril Sanusi.
They robbed Ng Wai Hong, his wife Chuah Ai Hwa and their employees - Yee Ching Meng and Yu Fook Choy - of cash and jewelry while armed with firearms.
Asril, who happened to be there to collect Chung's car to wash, bumped into the robbers and he was shot twice. Two bullet slugs were later found near his body.
Noor Azian, however, yesterday ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove that the two slugs were the ones which caused Asril's death.
"After analysing the evidence, I have no hesitation in ruling that the robbery did take place and that the three accused were identified," she said. "Although one of the two slugs found came from one of the weapons seized from the accused persons, I cannot relate that these were the slugs which killed the deceased."
Noor Azian reduced the charge at the end of the prosecution's case and the three men pleaded guilty immediately. She then ordered them to begin serving their sentence from yesterday. Earlier, in pressing for a heavy sentence, DPP Kamalia Yahdi said the case involved violence and the victims were assaulted by the three accused.
"The offence was also committed in broad daylight and they did not even try to hide their faces," she said, adding that they were brazen. Counsel T. Suresh, N. Logendran and K.A.Ramu represented Chung, Lai and Tan, respectively.