Kho Jabing and fellow Sarawakan Galing Anak Kujat were first sentenced to the mandatory death penalty in 2010, in a case of robbery with assault which had led to the death of a construction worker Cao Ruyin in 2008.
In 2011, the Court of Appeal decided to lower the Galing’s charges, and convicted him of robbery with hurt. Galing was then sentenced to 18 years and 6 months in jail, with 19 strokes of the cane. Kho Jabing’s sentence was affirmed, and he remained on deathrow.
After the amendments to the Penal Code, which allowed judges sentencing discretion for certain categories of murder, were enacted in 2013, Kho Jabing’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, with 24 strokes of the cane. However, the Prosecution decided to appeal against the outcome of the re-sentencing.
On 14 January 2015, he was re-sentenced to death, after the majority of the five-judge panel at the Court of Appeal decided that he had exhibited a “blatant disregard for human life”.
Back on deathrow, Kho Jabing currently awaits the outcome of the President Clemency Petition.