Friday, March 9, 2012

An eye for an eye

Teacher gets 18 years' jail for pupil's death

ALOR STAR: A religious teacher was sentenced to 18 years' jail after he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide not amounting to murder of a 7-year-old pupil last year.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab ordered the sentence against Hanif Mohd Ali, 28, to begin from the day he was detained.

Hanif, who was also a hostel warden, was initially charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murdering Saiful Syazani Saiful Sopfidee at the hostel of Sekolah Rendah Islam Al Furqan in Jejawi, Perlis, between 6pm and midnight on March 31, 2011.

Mohd Zaki reduced the charge to Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code for the same offence on Tuesday after he found that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused under Section 302.

While entering his defence, Hanif pleaded guilty to the lesser charge which provided for a maximum 30 years' jail term upon conviction.

A post-mortem conducted on the victim showed that Saiful Syazani had succumbed to oxygen deficiency to the brain from intense compression to the neck.

A total of 25 witnesses were called to testify.

Deputy public prosecutors Noorin Badaruddin and Nadia Hanim Mohd Tajuddin prosecuted.

Counsels Ariff Azami Hussein, Azizul Shariman Mat Yusoff, Zulmi Sabri and Mohd Fikri Abdul Rahman appeared for Hanif.

New Straits Times, 7 March 2012

A teacher should controlled their emotions when dealing with school children who might not be as matured as they are.

And even though Saiful Syazani Saiful Sopfidee had been accused of stealing money from his classmates, the teacher should have INVESTIGATED the claims thoroughly by calling both sides, namely the accused and the accuser to get the real story since there is always two sides of the coins.

Moreover, the teacher should have been more responsible and called both families of the accused and the accuser to prevent this from occuring.

Therefore, the lame defence by Dari Sungai Derhaka is questionable because there are other civilised ways to settle this matter rather than tying up and beating up this 7-year-old pupil.

I am sure that maybe this teacher Hanif Mohd Ali does not acquire the proper teaching training or qualifications because surely a teacher should also be well-informed on how to investigate this thing without following his emotion but rather by using a disciplined method rather than resorting to tying up or beating the child senseless.

In Islam, if PAS really does want to implement HUDUD, surely you know there is this thing called an eye for an eye.

A life for another lost life! Anyone who kills should be punished by killing as well.

I am a bit perplexed at why criminals will want to cover up their faces after their sentences have been read out or when they are being brought out from the court.

If you are that bold enough to commit the crime without thinking first, why should you be ashamed of what you have done?


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