Malaysian court acquits man and Singaporean son over robber's death

Mr Moo He Hong shakes the hand of his lawyer Mr Gobind Singh Deo after the court ruling in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on July 1, 2016. Mr Moo's son and wife - Mr Moo Wee Keong (bespectacled) and Madam Kuek Soo Lan (in red blouse) - stand next to him.
Mr Moo He Hong shakes the hand of his lawyer Mr Gobind Singh Deo after the court ruling in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on July 1, 2016. Mr Moo's son and wife - Mr Moo Wee Keong (bespectacled) and Madam Kuek Soo Lan (in red blouse) - stand next to him.PHOTO: GOBIND SINGH DEO

The Magistrates' Court in Negeri Sembilan on Friday (July 1) acquitted a man and his Singaporean son of causing the death of an armed robber last year, in a case that sparked a debate on self-defence.

The case involving Mr Moo Wee Keong, 29, and his Malaysian father Moo He Hong, 57, ended 16 months after the two were initially charged with the murder of Chan Boon Poh.

In March 2015, charges were reduced to death by negligence, with the duo out on bail.

 
 
 

The incident occurred on Feb 24, 2015, during the Chinese New Year period, when the robber allegedly slashed the arm of Madam Kuek Soo Lan, 52, a Singaporean and mother of the younger Moo. Father and son had beaten up the robber, who was later found dead from injuries sustained to the chest.

According to the defendants' lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, the judge Magistrate Mahyun Yusof said in her ruling that she was satisfied prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused. The judge acquitted and discharged both men of recklessly causing death of the robber.

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