Former Security Guard’s Death Sentence Upheld for Gruesome Murder of Co-Workers

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – The Federal Court in Putrajaya today upheld the death sentence of a former security guard for the murder of his two co-workers, whom he attacked with a machete while they were asleep seven years ago.

A three-member bench comprising Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Federal Court judges Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan and Datuk Abu Bakar Jais dismissed Mohd Ferdaus Suwardi’s appeal against his conviction and death sentence.

In delivering the court’s decision, Justice Abang Iskandar said the court maintained the death penalty imposed on Mohd Ferdaus due to the gruesome manner in which the crime was committed, without any mercy. The court declined to invoke its discretion to substitute the death sentence for a custodial one.

The 37-year-old was sentenced to death by the High Court on November 12, 2019, after being found guilty of killing his co-workers at a chicken processing factory. He lost his appeal at the Court of Appeal on May 26, 2022.

Mohd Ferdaus admitted to killing the two men, but argued that he was legally insane at the time of the crime. However, the High Court judge found that he failed to prove the defense of insanity based on expert testimony.

In mitigation before the Federal Court today, Mohd Fadhly Yaacob asked the court to substitute the death sentence with a jail term, while deputy public prosecutor Ng Siew Wee urged the court to maintain the death penalty, citing the exceptionally cruel nature of the attack.

“He did not stop the attack when the deceased begged for mercy,” she said, adding that Mohd Ferdaus acted out of spite with vindictiveness, warranting the most severe condemnation.

The brutal nature of the crime and the defendant’s lack of remorse were emphasized as reasons for maintaining the death penalty.