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Prosecutors demand 20 years in prison for Jessica

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 5, 2016   /  10:06 pm
  Prosecutors demand 20 years in prison for Jessica Murder suspect Jessica Kumala Wongso (center), accompanied by her lawyers, listens to a witness' testimony at a trial hearing in the Central Jakarta District Court on Sept. 26. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Prosecutors have demanded the Central Jakarta District Court sentence murder suspect Jessica Kumala Wongso to 20 years' imprisonment for allegedly killing Wayan Mirna Salihin on Jan. 6 at the Olivier cafe in Grand Indonesia.

Prosecutor Meilani Wuwung said on Wednesday that Jessica was proven guilty of poisoning Mirna with a cyanide-laced cup of Vietnamese coffee.

"We request 20 years in prison for the defendant, which will be reduced by the time she has already spent in detention," Meilani said in the court hearing.

The prosecutor claimed that Jessica planned the murder because she was upset with Mirna, who had asked her to break up with Patrick O'Connor, her ex-boyfriend, who according to Mirna was an abusive drug user who had economic problems.

In the previous trial session, Jessica had tried to convince the judges, who were led by Kisworo, that she was innocent. She said that she did not put cyanide in Mirna's glass and that her relationship with Mirna had been fine. Mirna had not even known O'Connor's name, Jessica said.

During Wednesday's session, prosecutors claimed Jessica was guilty under Article 340 of the Criminal Code regarding premeditated murder, which carried the death penalty as the maximum sentence. (bbn)

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