Tawau murder case: All accused freed after ex-wife confesses to killing e-hailing driver

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Prosecution drops case.

In a shocking turn of events, the High Court today freed ESSCom’s former chief of intelligence staff SAC Datuk Mat Zaki Md Zain, and seven others of murder and conspiracy charges in the murder trial involving e-hailing driver, Nurman Bakaratu, after his ex-wife confessed to killing him.

Deputy public prosecutor Khairul Azreem Mamat informed the court that they were dropping the case in accordance with Section 254 of the Criminal Procedure Code following their key witness Nurimah Juli’s testimony that she killed Nurman.

Nurimah Juli confessed to killing her ex-husband in the white Myvi car they were travelling in when it stopped at a palm oil plantation on January 13, 2023, during her testimony.

“In view of the decision of the prosecution, I order that all eight accused persons be discharged and acquitted. All the remaining trial dates are hereby vacated,” said Judge Datuk Duncan Sikodol


The accused were Mat Zaki, 59, six police personnel, Rosdi Rastam, 45, Denis Anit, 45, Fabian Rungam, 44, Khairul Azman Bakar, 47, Mohd Azlan Sakaran, 40, John Kennedy Sanggah, 44, and a civilian, Vivien Fabian, 34.

Following the testimony of the 23rd prosecution witness, Rosdi’s lawyer Datuk Ansari Abdullah, applied for his client to be released and acquitted from the charges.

My client has been detained for almost a year in prison and a total of 23 prosecution witnesses have testified since January 2,” he submitted.

Mat Zaki, John, Vivian, Khairul Azman, and Mohd Azlan’s lawyer, Datuk Ram Singh, requested a full release for his five clients.

Similarly, Dennis and Fabian’s lawyers, Luke Ressa Balang and Mohamad Zairi Zainal Abidin, respectively, also sought the court’s release for their clients.

Six policemen and a civilian were accused of allegedly killing Nurman in a palm oil plantation near Jalan Anjur Juara, off Jalan Apas Batu 5 here between 7.30and 11.30pm on January 13, last year.