Friday, 28 October 2016

43-year-old man has been sentenced to six years’ jail for causing the death of a six-month-old boy.

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Friday, 28 October 2016
Jailed for causing the death of six-month-old

SHAH ALAM: A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to six years’ jail for causing the death of a six-month-old boy.

The jail sentence of Wong Weng Yew, a former cleaning services company manager, will start from the date of his arrest on June 3, 2014, ruled High Court judge Justice Wan Afrah Wan Ibrahim.

Wong was charged with causing the death of Esmen Zeus Yves on May 28, 2014, between 8pm and 11pm at No. 12, Cannal Garden, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla 31/98S, Seksyen 31 in Kota Kemuning here.

Wong kept his head down when the charges were read again in court.

He was charged under Section 304(b) of the Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He also faced another charge under Section 201 of the Penal Code for disposing the boy’s body in a ravine.

During mitigation, Wong’s counsel Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent re­­ques­­ted a lighter sentence, saying that his client had been cooperative throughout the investigation and led the police to the place where the body was disposed.

However, deputy public prosecutor Siti Balkiah Abd Yazaid asked for deterrent punishment in view of public interest and also the severity of the offence.

“A deterrent pu­nishment should be delivered to prevent anyone from taking matters into their own hands,” she said.

Justice Wan Afrah then sentenced Wong to six years in jail for the first offence followed by three years in jail for the second offence.

Both jail terms are to run concurrently from his date of arrest, Justice Wan Afrah said.

An Indonesian maid, who had been working with Wong for two years, gave birth to Esmen on Nov 21, 2013, after having a relationship with a foreigner.

The baby was placed under Wong’s care at his house, which was also occupied by his wife and several other foreign workers. However, the Indonesian maid lived elsewhere.

On May 31, 2014, the Indonesian woman reported that her son had gone missing.

Police later found Esmen’s decomposed remains in a ravine in Genting Highlands, with his body wrapped in a plastic bag and kept in a luggage bag.

Wong was initially charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

However, it was later changed to one with a lower punishment.

Wong has one child and five stepchildren.

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