Murder rap after 6 years on the run

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SUNGAI PETANI: A 31-year-old man, who has been on the run for the last six years, was charged at the magistrate's court here yesterday with murder.

 Shahril Jaafar was charged with murdering snack food marketing executive Chee Gaik Yap, 25, at the compound of Kelab Cinta Sayang here between 5.30pm on Jan 14 and 3.05am on Jan 15, 2006. 
 
 No plea was recorded.
 
  Deputy public prosecutor Lim Cheah Yit prosecuted.
 
 Magistrate Raja Shahril Anuar Raja Baniamin fixed March 11 for mention to enable the DNA and chemist reports to be presented.
 
  Chee, a Business Administration graduate from Universiti Utara Malaysia, was jogging with her younger sister when she was abducted. 
 
  Her semi-nude body was found nine hours later. 
 
There was a  10-cm wound on top of her head, while her neck was almost severed. 
 
  A post-mortem report confirmed that Chee was raped after being knocked out by a heavy blow to the head. 
 
At that time, she was only four months into her job.
 
  Police arrested Shahril, who was on the run since 2006, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Selangor, on Jan 17. 
 
He had arrived from Perth, Australia, when police detained him.

Shahril Jaafar is led from the magistrate’s court in Sungai Petani yesterday after he was charged with murdering a marketing executive in 2006. Pic by Shahrizal Md Noor


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