Butterworth magistrate’s court in Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 31-year-old Indonesian man faced a murder charge on Monday at a Butterworth magistrate’s court in Penang, Malaysia, for allegedly killing a 44-year-old ethnic Chinese woman and other charges of causing grievous harm to two adolescent boys at his workplace in mid-December.

Jonathan Sihotang was charged with murdering Sia Seok Nee with a machete at a factory in Kampung Selamat, Tasek Gelugor, at about 4 pm on December 19, theSundaily.my reported.

He was faced two counts of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Yong Wei Keong and Sia Yung Jern, the dead woman’s 14-year-old son and 17-year-old nephew, respectively.

The woman died while receiving treatment at the Kepala Batas Hospital, while the two injured boys were in critical condition. The court set February 1 for a mention of all the charges, pending the deceased’s postmortem report and the two casualties’ injury assessment reports.

If convicted under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, the man would face a mandatory death sentence.

For both counts of voluntarily causing grievous hurt under Section 326 of the Penal Code, he would face a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine or whipping, upon conviction.

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