Indian woman sentenced to death for killing husband

Kuala Lumpur: An Indian woman has been sentenced to death by a Malaysian court for killing her husband and secretly burying him in the garden of their house five years ago.

Reyaz Ahmed Maruf, a businessman, was strangled to death in his bedroom and was then buried in the garden in the case initially dubbed as the “curry murder trial” as reports suggested that Reyaz was drugged before he was murdered.

High Court judge Zaharah Ibrahim sentenced Maruf’s Indian wife Shahmin Bano Mohammed Farooque and her cousin Javeed Akhtar Abdul Waheed to death after they were found guilty of the murder.

In the verdict pronounced after a full hearing which saw 18 witnesses taking the stand, judge Zaharah said she found the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case, adding that she would provide the grounds of judgment in due time.

The victim’s children told the court that their father was strangled with a piece of wire and buried in a shallow grave in the garden.

After verdict was passed, 41-year-old Shahmin looked tearful, while her cousin 39-year-old Javed looked surprised.

In her defence, Shahmin claimed that she was not involved in the murder and accused Javed, a man called Ayub Khan and another unidentified person of killing her husband. Shahmin claimed that she tried to help Reyaz but was threatened by Ayub. Javed, however, said he did not have any motive to kill Reyaz and alleged that Shahmin had called him to help bury the victim.

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