The High Court today sentenced a pipe-layer to death after finding him guilty of murdering his neighbour, an ustazah (religious teacher) and her 10-year-old son in Port Dickson last September.
Ali Tan Abdullah, 35, who was charged with their murders, appeared calm when Judicial Commissioner Ahmad Nafsy Yasin pronounced the sentence.
In his judgement, Ahmad Nafsy said the accused’s testimony in his defence that he had only broken into the ustazah’s house to take jewellery, handphones,laptop and a playstation but did not kill the victims was mere denial and not corroborated by anyone. He said the accused then pawned the jewellery, sent the laptop to a computer shop to be reformatted and instead of returning home, stayed the night at ahotel. “After the break-in, the victim’s house was locked in good order without any signs of a break-in. This shows the accused was the last person to come into contact with the victims,” he said.
The judge further said that according to testimony by the victim’s husband, his wife always wore the jewellery and that the accused had a scuffle with the victim in trying to grab the valuables.
“The victim sustained various injuries in trying to defend herself.
Her face and neck were swollen as a result of being hit with a blunt object,” he added. The incident happened on Sept 2, 2010 at the ustazah’s home at B5-1-09B, Flat Win Min, Pasar Baru, Port Dickson.
Her husband was working in Egypt at the time.
The ustazah, Norliza Ishak, 35, and her son Amirul Ayman Mohd Yusoff, were found dead in the bathroom of their flat unit. The case hit the headlines as such crimes hardly happen in a small town like Port Dickson.
Ali Tan was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction. The accused was represented by counsel Philip Yeow Boon and S. Gobind while deputy public prosecutor Mahmud Abdullah prosecuted.