Lawyer and oppposition politician Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss succeeded late on Thursday (May 19) in staving off the execution of convicted murderer Jabing Kho, who had been scheduled to hang on Friday morning.
Earlier in the day, she failed to get a stay before Judicial Commissioner Kannan Ramesh after hours of arguments in chambers.
But she was given an 11pm deadline to file an appeal, which she met. That means that Kho cannot be hanged until the apex court convenes to hear the appeal.
It brought to close a dramatic day, during which a five-judge Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed a separate bid by Kho to escape the gallows for the brutal killing of a construction worker in 2008.
He had bludgeoned Chinese national Cao Ruyin on the head with a tree branch while robbing him. The victim, whose skull was shattered from multiple fractures, died in hospital six days later.