GEORGE TOWN, June 28 — Seven years after he lost his daughter, carpenter Chee Ah Sau is nowhere near to having closure over the tragedy, and he now hopes prominent lawyer and MP Karpal Singh will help get justice for his daughter.
Chee’s daughter, Chee Gaik Yap, was raped and murdered while out jogging at Taman Ria Jaya in Sungai Petani in 2006 and car dealer Shahril Jaafar, 32, was charged with the crime.
Two days ago, the Alor Star High Court acquitted Shahril of the crime, triggering a commotion at the court building when a distraught Ah Sau tried to jump off the balcony of the double-storey building.
Today, he is much more composed when he sat with Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng where the latter announced that Karpal had been appointed to watch brief over Gaik Yap’s case.
“We will be meeting with Karpal tomorrow to discuss the case and I hope he can really help us seek justice for my daughter,” Ah Sau told The Malay Mail Online later in a brief interview.
He said he does not want anything and though he knows it will never bring his daughter back, at the very least he wants justice to be served.
“I don’t want money, I don’t want donations, I don’t want anything. All I want is to finally have justice be served and the culprit who killed my daughter punished,” he said.
During the press conference, Lim said Karpal would assist Ah Sau by writing to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to ask the prosecution to appeal against the High Court decision.
“We will also write to request that the accused be detained until the appeal comes up in court as previously he had escaped overseas,” the Bagan MP told the press outside the state legislative assembly hall this morning.
In the Alor Star High Court decision delivered by Judicial Commissioner Zaki Abdul Wahab, the court found that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against Shahril.
Zaki said the victim was found to have died from stab wounds on the left side of the neck and not due to injuries on the private parts so the prosecution had failed to prove that Shahril had caused the injuries that caused her death.
He had also noted that semen samples found on the victim did not conclusively match Shahril’s DNA, saying the prosecution had relied solely on the fact that the accused was living at Kelab Cinta Sayang, near the murder scene.
Shahril was charged with murdering 25-year-old marketing executive Gaik Yap between 5.30pm on January 14 and 3.05am on January 15, 2006.
Gaik Yap was jogging with her younger sister when she sped past her sister and was never seen alive again.
Her body, clad only in a T-shirt and bra, was found several hours later in a bush near the jogging track.
Shahril, who was reportedly on the run since 2006, was only detained and charged when he return from Perth, Australia early this year.