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Killer of Bekasi family gets death sentence

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    The Jakarta Post

Bekasi   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /   04:03 pm
Killer of Bekasi family gets death sentence Haris Simamora sits at a court hearing at the Bekasi District Court on Wednesday. He was handed the death penalty for killing a family of four in November last year. (wartakotalive.com/Muhammad Azzam)

The Bekasi District Court has sentenced Haris Simamora, also known as Harry Aris Sandigon, to death after finding him guilty of killing of a family of four in Bekasi, West Java, in November 2018.

Haris was charged under articles 340 and 363 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) for the premeditated murder and robbery of Diperum Nainggolan, 38, his wife Maya Boru Ambarita, 37, and their children Sarah Boru Nainggolan, 9, and Arya Nainggolan, 7. 

The panel of judges, led by Djuyamto, said Haris had been harboring grudges against his victims. Haris is to remain in custody before his execution.

“With intent and adequate time, he executed the planned murder,” Djuyamto told the court on Wednesday.

Haris’ lawyer Nuraini Lubis said that Haris wanted a second chance and planned to appeal the verdict.

The sentence was what prosecutor Fariz Rachman had demanded. Fariz said that Haris’ crimes could not be justified and deserved capital punishment, especially as two of his victims were minors.

According to a police report, Haris arrived at the victims’ house on the evening of Nov. 12 in Bekasi after the family invited him for Christmas shopping the next day.

He waited for them to fall asleep, then at around 11 p.m., went to the living room where Diperum and Maya were sleeping and beat them to death with a crowbar. 

Haris found the children before they could see their parents and brought them back to their rooms, where he strangled them.

Haris then took Rp 2 million (US$139) from a cabinet and stole the family's car before fleeing to a rented room in Cikarang, Bekasi, so that he could climb Mount Guntur, reportedly to clear his head.

The police were able to quickly track him down and arrest him on Nov. 14 as he was resting at a hiking post. (eyc)