MALAYSIA: WOMAN GETS THE GALLOWS FOR MURDERING STEPMOTHER
April 15, 2014: A woman received the death sentence at the High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, after she and her step sister were found guilty of killing their step mother by suffocating her with a pillow two years ago.
Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir held that the unemployed accused Zahidah Ahmad, 27, and her 18-year-old stepsister had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case.
The court set April 28, however, for the sentencing of Zahidah's step sister pending a probation report as she was still a minor (16) at the time of the offence.
Judge Akhtar said he found both the accused's testimonies to be a mere denial, adding that the prosecution witnesses were more credible.
Zahidah and her step sister were jointly charged with killing Tanziah Zainuddin, at a house in Taman Sri Wangi, Kapar, Klang about 5.30 pm on July 14 2012.
It was earlier reported that the death of the victim, a religious teacher, was classified as sudden death and she had been buried.
However, three days after her burial, a member of her family found some of the deceased's jewelry missing and lodged a police report on the matter.
The victim's body was then exhumed and a post mortem revealed that the cause of the elderly woman's death was asphyxiation. (Sources: Bernama, 15/04/2014)