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Monday, November 28, 2011

Sydney Student guilty of honour killing - 28th Nov 2011

A Sydney student has been found guilty of murdering his mother's lover in an honour killing.

Andrew Iskandar, 21, stood trial in the New South Wales Supreme Court for the murder of Malaysian consulate driver Mohd Shah Saemin

The driver was bashed to death in February 2010 at Leichhardt, in Sydney's inner west.

During the trial the jury heard how the victim was hit with a hammer “like a piece of meat.”

The crown case was that it was an "honour killing" because the 43-year-old victim was having an affair with Iskandar's mother, Nita Iskandar.

The prosecutor said the affair had become a talking point in Sydney's Indonesian community

The jury heard that Andrew Iskandar was armed with a hammer during the attack.

Iskandar told the jury that he used the hammer in self-defence after Mr Saemin attacked him and his father.

He was found guilty of murder but acquitted of another charge of soliciting to murder a witness.

The jury is yet to reach a decision on a charge against Nita Iskandar, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact for helping her son flee to Singapore after the killing. Source