RVISION April 25, 2016

JOHOR BARU: A 33-year-old Myanmar national has been jailed for 18 years by the High Court after he admitted to causing the death of his countryman, whose body parts were found in three plastic bags dumped along a highway.

Myo Myint, who has been living in Malaysia since 2007, had earlier been charged with murdering Rohingya refugee Thet Lwin between 9pm on July 29 and 11.20am on Aug 1, 2014, in Kampung Sri Paya, Kelapa Sawit, Kulai.

The offence carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which carries a jail term of up to 30 years and a fine. He was to serve his sentence from the date of arrest on Aug 13, 2014.

Judge Datuk Sofian Abdul Razak said Myo was lucky that the charge was reduced.

“Being drunk and racially provoked was not a good reason for him to kill the victim,” he said.