Criminal Law

Gunman sentenced to death for armed Robbery in Mandalay

Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay District Court on Thursday sentenced a man to death for an armed robbery that resulted in the death of a woman in Chan Mya Tharsi township in Mandalay Region.

The accused, Khun Kaw Lar, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour for the attempted robbery, and to death for the killing of the woman.

The trial took 10 days. The accused has seven days to appeal the verdict.

“We have contacted his family about applying for an appeal. They are very poor. I have nothing to say regarding the verdict because it was reviewed by the court,” said an advocate.

In August 2018, a man and woman were on a motorbike when it was hit by the accused, also on a motorbike, at the corner of 55th street and Hninsi road in Tun Done ward. The accused then shot them, killing the woman and badly wounding the man.

Police said the gunman had been trying to rob the couple of money they had withdrawn from a bank.

The offender had earlier been sentenced by Chan Mya Tharsi township court to three years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.

In other crime news, the Tatmadaw (military) found hidden narcotics during an operation in Mine Hsat township, Shan State, on June 23.

Drugs were found hidden in the ground during searches of a home and fields in the area. Items seized from three locations included 162,000 stimulant tablets, 880 kilogram of caffeine, and assorted equipment believed to have been used in the manufacture of drugs.

The seized drugs, estimated to be worth K250 million, were transferred to the Anti-Narcotics Taskforce in Mine Hsat.

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