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CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

AU KEAN HOE v. PERSATUAN PENDUDUK D’VILLA EQUESTRIAN
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
ZULKEFLI AHMAD MAKINUDIN CJ (MALAYA), ABDULL HAMID EMBONG FCJ, AHMAD MAAROP FCJ, ZAINUN ALI FCJ, RAMLY ALI FCJ
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: 02(f)-50-08-2013(B)]
19 MARCH 2015

TORT: Nuisance - Obstruction on road - Erection of guard house and boom gates in residential area - Whether illegal structures - Whether approval of local authority obtained - Failure to pay maintenance and security charges - Whether appellant compelled to open gate for himself and his visitors - Whether amounted to obstruction on public road pursuant to s. 46(1)(a) Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 - Whether inconvenience caused to appellant amounted to nuisance - Whether being inconvenienced and obstructed were two different circumstances - Whether claim actionable

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Buildings - Erection - Boom gates and guard house built in residential area - Whether approval of local authority obtained - Whether illegal structures - Whether amounted to obstruction on public road - Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, s. 46(1)(a)



RAY SOLIS v. PP
COURT OF APPEAL, PUTRAJAYA
ZAHARAH IBRAHIM JCA, MOHAMAD ARIFF YUSOF JCA, VARGHESE GEORGE JCA
[CRIMINAL APPEAL NO: S-05-144-06-2012]
19 JANUARY 2015

CRIMINAL LAW: Murder - Circumstantial evidence - Whether cumulative effect of all evidence led to irresistible conclusion that accused committed crime - Whether sufficient evidence to hold accused used ‘spear’ to stab deceased - Whether injuries inflicted by accused was direct cause resulting in death of deceased - Whether trial judge directed himself correctly as to law on circumstantial evidence as basis for conviction - Penal Code, s. 302

EVIDENCE: Adverse inference - Failure to call witness - Whether suppression of witness by prosecution - Whether reasonable attempts made to trace witness - Whether critical or crucial witness - Whether adverse inference to be drawn against prosecution

EVIDENCE: Circumstantial evidence - Murder - Whether cumulative effect of all evidence led to irresistible conclusion that accused committed crime - Whether sufficient evidence to hold accused used ‘spear’ to stab deceased - Whether injuries inflicted by accused was direct cause resulting in death of deceased

EVIDENCE: Dying declaration - Admissibility - Whether statement related to cause of death - Whether dying declaration need to be corroborated by some other evidence - Whether statement made by deceased - Whether deceased still aware and lucid when statements made - Whether witness testimony relating to dying declaration reliable - Evidence Act 1950, s. 32(1)(a)



MOHAN PRAKASH JOSEPH lwn. AHMAD SAIDI HAMZAH & YANG LAIN [2015] 1 SMC 9
MAHKAMAH SESYEN, SEREMBAN
NURSINAH ADZMI HS
[SAMAN NO: 53-975-9-2012]
31 MAC 2014

TORT: Kerugian - Pemenjaraan salah - Hukuman penjara 20 hari dan denda RM1,000 - Bayaran denda dijelaskan tetapi plaintif masih di penjara melebihi tempoh 20 hari - Sama ada pihak defendan gagal menjalankan tanggungjawab untuk membebaskan plaintif selepas tempoh pemenjaraan - Sama ada tindakan pihak defendan sah - Sama ada plaintif mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk mengemukakan resit bayaran denda - Sama ada plaintif berjaya membuktikan kerugian yang dialami - Akta Penjara 1995, s. 29



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