The High Court in Malaysia on Wednesday sentenced a 38-year-old Nigerian national, Alowonle Oluwajuwon Gilbert to death after finding him guilty of murdering a nurse two years ago.
Judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman handed down the sentence on Alowonle Oluwajuwon Gilbert, 38, after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing the case beyond a reasonable doubt, as reported on Freemalaysiatoday.
However, he allowed a stay of the sentence pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal. Upon hearing the verdict.
During the Ruling, the Judge said “the testimony by the accused that he left the house of Siti Khairina Mohd Kamarudin, 40, on May 8, 2019, contradicted with footage of a closed-circuit television camera at the Third Avenue Condominium, Cyberjaya, which showed him leaving the premises the following day (May 9).
“Therefore, the accused’s testimony that he was no longer with the victim on May 8, 2019, and had left the residence by then, is merely a denial.”
Ab Karim also said the accused couldn’t provide an explanation why there were bloodstains carrying the DNA of the victim on his shirt on the morning of May 9, 2019.
The judge added that the defense had never disputed the accused’s clothing during the trial.
Siti Kharina(victim) was reported to have gone missing on May 8, 2019, after she was last seen at the Serdang Hospital parking lot at 4 pm that day.
The head nurse was later found dead with slash wounds to her chest, neck, and head at the condominium unit on May 15 the same year.
The victim was believed to have died between four and five days before her body was discovered.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Tengku Intan Suraya Tengku Ismail, while Gilbert was represented by lawyer Shafinah Taib.