Aaron Teoh Eng Wan, 37, and his wife, En Sit Mooi, 40, were sentenced by Judge Datuk Noorin Badaruddin after the prosecution proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
A Malaysian couple was charged with caning their son to death in a Selangor magistrate’s court yesterday. The High Court sentenced yhr married couple to death after they were found guilty of murdering their eight-year-old son four years ago at a massage center where they worked.
“There was overwhelming evidence that the couple committed murder, and the prosecution has presented a case that is beyond a reasonable doubt,” Noorin said.
The couple appeared stunned when they heard the sentence before breaking down in tears in the dock.
Eng Wan and En were charged with the murder of Adrian Teoh Wai Kit, the eldest of their two children, on May 26, 2017 at Regalia Business Centre in Subang Jaya between 2 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.
The charge was framed in accordance with Section 302 of the Penal Code, as read in conjunction with Section 34 of the same code, which provides for the mandatory death penalty if convicted.
Eng Wan and En were also sentenced to eight years in prison beginning on May 26, 2017, for another charge of abuse resulting in injuries to the victim at the same location, time, and date.
The couple was also charged in Sessions Court with repeatedly abusing their son with two canes at the same location, time, and date. On conviction, the charge under a section of the Child Act 2001 carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 (S$16,200) or a prison term of up to 20 years, or both.
They were charged with this offense under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001, read in conjunction with Section 31 (5) of the same act, which is punishable under Section 31 (1) of the same act.
Earlier, Tan Teck Yew and Tina Ong, who represented both of the accused, told the court that the victim’s grandmother and aunt should be called to testify because the victim was in their care, to determine whether the boy’s injuries were caused by someone other than his parents.
However, Noorin stated that the pathology laboratory results confirmed that the victim’s old injuries, where there were traces of rib fractures, and new injuries, which caused his death, were already sufficient.
Throughout the trial, which began in July 2019, the prosecution called 28 witnesses to the stand, while the defense called two, namely the husband and wife who chose to testify under oath on the witness stand.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Fatimah Yahya told the court in her opening remarks during the trial that the victim was beaten by his parents with a cane and a stick.
The case will be heard again on July 12 by Judge Azwarnida Affandi and Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir.
Natasha Chin Le Jy, Deputy Public Prosecutor, and Nadiah Malik Fauzie, Deputy Public Prosecutor, did not propose bail for the unrepresented duo.
The incident is similar to one that occurred in April, when an 11-year-old died after being severely caned at an Islamic school in Johor. Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi died in hospital after slipping into a coma following the amputation of both severely injured legs. He was allegedly beaten repeatedly by a madrasah hostel warden in Kota Tinggi, Johor.
The pathologist’s testimony revealed that the boy died as a result of extensive subcutaneous and muscle haemorrhage caused by multiple blunt force trauma.
Other prosecution witnesses, such as the chemist, testified that there was deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) belonging to Eng Wan and the victim on a cane found at the scene, and that CCTV footage from the premises showed En dragging the victim, who was weak and feeble, several times.
On June 5, 2017, the couple was charged for the first time at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court.