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Military police sergeant faces murder, assault, robbery charge

MELAKA: Questions still linger over details surrounding an armed robbery in Sungai Udang on July 14, even as 35-year old military police sergeant Darmadi Sulaiman faced murder charges at the Ayer Keroh Court today.
Silent throughout the swift process, he registered no plea before magistrate Norina Maludin, who then set Sept 5 as the date for mention, pending a chemical report requested by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Azri Zakaria.
Clad in a gray roundneck t-shirt and camouflage khaki shorts, while stooping low to avoid the media shutters as he was led to the courtroom by police, Darmadi was read two charges.
The first was for causing the death of Royal Malay Regiment ninth battalion retiree Abdul Rahman Pileh, 60, which carries the death sentence under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
The second charge, under Section 394 of the Penal Code, carries a 20-year jail sentence, fine and caning for armed robbery and causing grievous harm to Rahman's wife Sabturiah Lakidau, 59.
Both offences were committed on July 14, when Darmadi, who served at the Terendak Camp in Sungai Udang and also lived nearby the victims' home in Taman Bukit Terendak, was alleged to have forcefully entered the couple's home with the intention to rob them.
About 8.30pm on July 14, Rahman's lifeless body with slash wounds to his neck, caused by a sharp object, was found in a pool of blood in front of their home, while Sabturiah was found covered in blood with severe facial injuries.
Melaka police chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan's later confirmed that Darmadi had tested positive for narcotics use upon his arrest a day later, and that his home was being searched for further details.

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