Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia: Two security guards have been jailed for causing the death of a Nigerian who allegedly cheated them.
The High Court here sentenced T. Kumar, 29, to seven years in jail for causing the death of 27-year-old student Nwabudike Emmanuel Chukwma, while V. Ganesan, 29, was sentenced to one year in jail for causing hurt to the deceased.
They were initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to reduced charges after their defence sent a representation to the Attorney-General's Chambers.
Justice Noor Azian Shaari said nobody had the right to take another person's life despite the other person's wrongdoing.
"Your mistake is when you confronted the deceased. You could have reported him to the police and other people could have been warned about him.
"Even if he is a conman, this does not mean his life should be taken," she said before passing the sentence.
Earlier, lawyer Datuk N. Sivananthan told the court that the offence did not involve use of weapons.
"It was not their intention to kill him. The incident happened at the heat of the moment. They are remorseful of their actions," he said.
Sivananthan also informed the court that the deceased had a pending court case under Section 420 of the Penal Code (for cheating) and had overstayed in the country.
DPP Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal said the deceased suffered 29 wounds on his body.
"From the photo exhibits we can see that the deceased suffered serious body injuries. If the accused did not have any intention to kill him, would the injuries be this horrible?" he said.
According to facts of the case, Kumar and Ganesan went to Chukwma's house on April 23, last year.
An argument broke out between Kumar and the deceased, and Ganesan proceeded to punch the deceased on his body and face.
Kumar also punched and beat the deceased, causing him to fall.
Kumar then dragged the deceased on the tarred road in front of the house and kicked him repeatedly on his head.
The deceased died due to blunt force trauma from severe injuries on his head.