MALAYSIA: PENANG MOTHER AND BOYFRIEND SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING HER 5-YEAR-OLD SON
September 26, 2020:
The Penang High Court on 24 September 2020 sentenced a mother and her boyfriend to death for the murder of her son in 2014. (Sources: Says, New Straits Times, 24/09/2020)
The mother, age 36, and her boyfriend, age 30, were found guilty for the murder of the boy, age five.
At the time of the murder, T Gayathry was 30 and R Saravanan was 24. He worked as a security guard.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh said that both T Gayathry and R Saravanan Kumar are to be hung by the neck until death under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
"Both the accused are charged with murder, which carries the death penalty upon conviction. This court has to pass sentence according to the law. As such, this court sentences both of you to death," Ahmad Shahrir said in passing down the sentence of death by hanging to the both of them.Ahmad Shahrir said Gayathry, who on 23 September 2014 lodged a police report claiming that her son had gone missing, could have told the police that her boyfriend had beaten her son up, but failed to do so.
"This makes her complicit in the murder," he pointed out.
The boy died at about 4.30pm on 20 September. Following which, both the accused were jointly charged with the murder.