A Malaysian court has sentenced a Vietnamese man to death by hanging for murder in a verdict that the defending lawyer said he would appeal.
The High Court in Sarawak on January 13 ruled that Nguyen Hong Quang, 49, killed Ngo Trong Cuong onboard a ship docking at Sarawak’s Tanjung Manis Anchorage, on March 22, 2013.
Judge Lee Heng Cheong pointed out that the prosecution had proved the charge against the accused beyond all reasonable doubt, the Borneo Post quoted the judgement as saying.
Quang was convicted under Section 302 of the Malaysian Penal Code, which provides for a mandatory death sentence by hanging, it said.
Quang’s lawyer Orlando Chua said he would file an appeal.
Prosecutor Franklin Ganggan Anak Bennet told Thanh Nien on Wednesday that the defending lawyer has 14 days to submit his appeal to the Court of Appeal. If it were rejected, he could continue to appeal to the Final Court.
Bennet refused to provide information about the murder and investigation results citing confidential reason.
Meanwhile, lawyer Chua said Quang, hailing from Son La Province in Vietnam, worked as the first engineer of the cargo ship M.V. Brave Oven.
He was accused of murdering Captain Cuong, 40, around midnight on March 22, 2013. Cuong's body was found in the ship, sustaining 21 wounds.
Quang's conviction was based on an uncertain DNA examination of what was alleged to be DNA on a 20-cm kitchen knife said to belong to the defendant, lawyer Chua said.
Chua said that there was no Brave Ocean crew member among the 15 witnesses at the trial on Sep. 2, 2014 because police couldn't find any of them.
There was no direct evidence linking Quang to the murder that he was accused of committing, he said.
Lawyer said he believed that he would have rightful defense at the Court of Appeal.