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Mandalay Murderer Sentenced to Death

By De Hlaing Winn 28 June 2019

MANDALAY—A Mandalay district court on Thursday sentenced to death a gunman who shot two people, one of them fatally, during a robbery attempt in Mandalay last year. The court also handed him a sentence of 10 years in prison with hard labor for the robbery.

Khun Kaw Lar, aka Maung Myo, 37, from Ohn Chaw Village in Patheingyi Township, shot the couple as they were traveling on a motorcycle in Mandalay’s Chanmyathazi Township in August 2018.

Li Xiu Chuan died on the spot and her husband, Haw Lao Phein, was seriously injured.

Khun Kaw Lar was tried for robbery and murder, and was sentenced to death for the murder and 10 years imprisonment with hard labor for the robbery.

A court in Chanmyatharzi Township had already sentenced Khun Kaw Lar to a three-year prison term in September of last year for illegal weapons possession, making his total sentence death and 13 years imprisonment with hard labor.

After the verdict was announced, his lawyer, U Khin Maung Myint, told journalists that he would submit an appeal in a week to reduce Khun Kaw Lar’s sentences.

Li Xiu Chuan and Haw Lao Phein were on their motorcycle, on their way to go shopping for groceries, when Khun Kaw Lar attempted to rob them. In court, he admitted he wanted to rob the couple and that when he grabbed Li Xiu Chuan’s handbag and she struggled to wrest it back, he shot Li Xiu Chuan in the head and Haw Lao Phein in the chest

Khun Kaw Lar was apprehended by locals right after the incident and handed over to police.

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