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Parents hope culprit will be penalised

The parents of a teenager who was found dead,
are distraught as they have been kept in the
dark over the outcome of police investigations.
KOTA KINABALU: The parents of Norikoh Saliwah, the teenaged girl who was found dead by the side of the road on Nov 25 last year, are eager to know what happened to their daughter on that fateful day when she had merely gone to help a cousin find a job.
Farmer Saliwah Madaya, 57, and his wife Raimas Makanal, 56 of Kg Bombong 1, Kota Marudu, have seldom come to the state capital. This was one of those special occasions when he and his wife had no option but to make one of those very rare trips here, but unlike before this time it was an extremely poignant one.
Together with their 26-year-old daughter, Bibianah, they made the long tiring journey on Friday to meet up with their lawyer, Peter Marajin, to follow up on the latest development following the death of Norikoh.
They were visibly distressed during and hour-long briefing by Marajin in Luyang near here. Marajin will be holding a watching brief for the family during the trial of a Pakistani trader charged with the death of Norikoh.
Saliwah said since the tragic incident the family had been emotionally distraught as they had been kept in the dark about what had transpired since their daughter was found dead by the roadside along Jalan Kota Marudu-Langkon at about 12.40pm.
“I cannot sleep thinking about my daughter and the case … it has been more than two months but I have not heard anything,” he said.
Unable to bear the pain of not knowing, the family sought assistance of a friend to get here.
After listening to Marajin, a visibly emotional Saliwa said that what mattered most to the family now is that Norikoh’s death must not be in vain and justice must be done to her.
“In our village, it has been a tradition and our way of life that even if a chicken is found dead the owner would request the village head to investigate. What more if it involved a human life?
“It really hurts not knowing what to do and what will be the conclusion to my daughter’s untimely death. We really hope whoever the culprits responsible for causing her death will be penalised,” said Saliwa.
On Dec 18, 2012, a Pakistani trader based in Kota Marudu, Amir Ali Khan Nataway was formally charged with causing Norikoh’s death before Sessions Court Judge Duncan Sikodol who then fixed the hearing date to Feb 7 and 8.
Amir Ali from Buner, Pakistan pleaded not guilty to the charge framed under Section 304 (b) of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to 10 years or fine or both upon conviction.
On Monday (Jan 14), a pre-trial case management would be held at the Sessions Court, which Saliwa and his family attended.

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