PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court today upheld the death sentence of businessman Shahril Jaafar for the murder of Chee Gaik Yap near a club in Sungai Petani in 2006.
Chief Justice Raus Sharif ruled that the High Court was right
“We are unanimous in our decision.
“Based on the circumstantial evidence, we found that the accused is the person responsible for the deceased’s death,” he said in delivering the apex court’s decision.
Shahril, 37, merely nodded when the court delivered its decision.
In 2015, the Alor Setar High Court sentenced Shahril to death for murdering Chee, a Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) graduate, near Kelab Cinta Sayang, Taman Ria, Sungai Petani.
Chee, who worked as marketing executive, was raped and her body dumped in a housing estate.
She was believed to have been tailed by her assailant while jogging in the neighbourhood.
Shahril was picked up soon after Chee’s body was found but released on police bail pending the results of a DNA test.
He later skipped bail and left for Perth, Australia, where he obtained permanent resident status.
He was re-arrested six years later when he arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Perth in January 2012.
In June 2014, the High Court acquitted Shahril as the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case.
However, in November that year, the Court of Appeal set aside the High Court’s decision and ordered Shahril to enter his defence.
Shahril gave an unsworn statement from the dock where prosecutors could not cross-examine him.
He told the court he met Chee for the purpose of having consensual sex, and paid RM350 to an individual called “Wayne” for sexual services from her.
He also told the High Court that they had sex in his car and that Chee was still alive when she left.
Shahril had denied he was involved in her death, and said he did not flee to Australia while police investigated the case.