AFTER failing in his last ditch attempt to escape the gallows, the Malaysian man convicted of murder in Singapore was finally executed in the city state this afternoon.
A Malaysian newspaper reported Kho Jabing, from Sarawak, being executed at Changi Prison at about 3:30pm. He was 31.
Rachel Zeng of the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign said Kho had met his family before the death sentence was carried out.
According to The Star, the timing of his execution was considered uncommon as executions usually take place at dawn on Friday.
Confirmed – they killed him! Kho Jabing executed by #Singapore today 15:30 – history of divided legal judgments ignored in rush to gallows
— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) May 20, 2016
Late last night, Kho who was supposed to be executed earlier this morning, was given last-minute reprieve by the Supreme Court just hours before he was due to serve his sentence at dawn
Kho Jabing, a convicted murderer from Sarawak, was to be hanged early Friday but the Court granted a stay on his execution after accepting an appeal by his lawyer, Jeannette Aruldoss Chong, late Thursday.
I'm trying to find something special to say about the death sentence of Kho Jabing; I got nothing; it's just sad. Fuck PAP
— Amos Yee Kuan Yew (@amosyee) May 20, 2016
The appeal, to be heard by the Court of Appeal later Friday, was Kho’s last hope. The final appeal was rejected.
Kho exhausted all legal avenues following an appeal by prosecutors to overturn the 2013 sentence to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane last year.
Last month, the appeals court in Singapore threw out his 11th-hour bid to quash the death sentence.
Kho was accused of using a tree branch to assault and rob a construction worker in 2008. The worker died from multiple skull fractures and Kho was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010.