Court extends plea time for murder accused

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MALAYSIAN man charged with the murder of an Indonesian man was granted more time by the High Court to prepare his plea after he had recently engaged a lawyer.

Ismail Basri, 23, is accused of causing the death of Eko Mulyono, 26, on February 26 at Kompleks Muhibah Menglait, Gadong.

The victim’s body was discovered at the staff quarters above a hardware store, where he had worked as a labourer. The cause of death is still being investigated by the Royal Brunei Police Force.

Ismail is being charged under section 302 of the Penal Code, an offence which carries the mandatory death penalty.

Appearing on behalf of the public prosecutor was deputy public prosecutor Hjh Samiyyah Emerelda PD Hj Abas, while defence counsel Shazale Salleh represented the accused yesterday.

Presiding judge Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong adjourned the matter to give the defence counsel time to examine documents surrounding the case.

The case has been scheduled for further mention on January 18, 2014. A previous report said the victim’s body was found by police after his employer had reported him missing from work.

The Brunei Times