Malaysian lover killed in Sydney

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MELBOURNE: An Indonesian-born man murdered his wife’s Malaysian lover in an honour killing, after rumours of their affair spread through Sydney’s Malaysian community, a jury was told.

Hazairin Iskandar pleaded not guilty to murdering Malacca-born Mohd Shah Saemin outside his flat in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, on Feb 21, 2010, but guilty to his manslaughter, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

In the Supreme Court in Sydney on Monday, crown prosecutor Kara Shead said the jury would hear that Hazairin’s wife, Nita, was having an affair with Mohd Shah, her co-worker at the Malaysian Consulate, at the time of his death.

“This liaison became a talking point within the Malaysian community in Sydney,” Shead said, adding “people told (Hazairin) he was the husband and he had to stop it”.

The jury would hear that Hazairin and his son Andrew lay in wait for Mohd Shah outside his flat before crashing their hired car into his car and pursuing him through the streets, Shead said.

The crown case is that Hazairin stabbed Mohd Shah at least four times to the upper body with a knife while his son struck him repeatedly with a hammer.

“He tried to escape, he ran from his two attackers,” Shead was quoted by AAP as saying. “While he was running, he was screaming out to save his life.”

Mohd Shah suffered several blunt force blows to the head, but ultimately bled to death at the scene from stab wounds.

“It is the crown case that to protect the honour of his family and together with his son, the accused planned to kill the deceased in what they thought of as an honour killing,” Shead said.

“This was a pre-planned, premeditated and executed killing. The crown case is the accused planned to kill or at the very least seriously injure the deceased.”

The jury was told Hazairin is being tried separately from his son. The case is continuing before Justice David Davies. – Bernama