A petty trader was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today for the murder of French tourist Stephanie Foray.
Asni Omar, 36, nodded when the charge was read before Magistrate Emma Shahriana Ali. No plea was recorded.
Asni is charged with murdering Foray, in her 30s, at an unnumbered house in Kampung Tekek, Pulau Tioman between 8pm on May 10 and 12 noon on Aug 12 this year and faces a mandatory death sentence if found guilty under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
Emma Shahriana then ordered the case to be transferred to the High Court but did not set any date for the trial to start.
Prosecution is by Deputy Public Prosecutor Amalina Zainal Mokhtar.
Foray, from Bour-en-Bresse, was reported missing since May 8.
The Malaysian police launched an investigation following a report lodged by her family through the French embassy in Singapore, and found that Foray had
gone to Pulau Tioman on May 10 and had not left the island since.
Further probe into the case led police to the discovery of human skeletal
remains buried three metres deep in a cave at the village on Aug 8.