Selangor Journal

Fisherman who killed wife has death sentence commuted to 33 years

PUTRAJAYA, March 27 — A fisherman escaped the gallows today after the Federal Court commuted his death sentence to 33 years in jail for killing his wife 23 years ago.

This was after the Federal Court’s three-member bench comprising Justices Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof, Datuk Nordin Hassan, and Datuk Abu Bakar Jais allowed Abd Razak Dalek’s application to review the death sentence.

It was imposed under the Revision of Sentence of Death and Imprisonment for Natural Life (Temporary Jurisdiction of the Federal Court) Act 2023, which came into force last year.

Abd Razak, 71, was ordered to serve his sentence from the date of his arrest on September 3, 2001.

The father of two has been in prison for 22 years and six months.

Abd Razak, via his lawyer Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu, had pleaded to the court to be given a second chance and to commute the death sentence imposed to a prison sentence to allow him to spend time with his children and five grandchildren.

He was found guilty by the High Court in Johor Bahru in 2006 for killing Rozita Haron, 39, who worked as a hospital cleaner. He committed the offence at his brother’s house in Parit Pecah, Parit Jawa, Muar, on September 3, 2001.

In 2009, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision. Abd Razak lost his appeal, which was dismissed by the Federal Court in 2010.

Baljit told the press that Abd Razak is expected to be released today following one-third remission of the sentence.

— Bernama

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