Retrial commences for Daniel Elvis Ku, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 murder of his common-law wife, Nurse Anna Maria Magdalena Basto. Ku was found guilty on September of 2010 for the vicious murder, but one year after his guilty conviction Ku’s attorney Simeon Sampson submitted that Ku was willing to accept manslaughter instead of murder. But the DPP made an application for a retrial which the Court of Appeal decided to allow.
The appeal was made on the ground that the trial judge, Michelle Arana misdirected the jury on the principle of the loss of self-control. There was evidence that Ku lost his self-control, and the judge did not direct the jury on that.
The brutal murder of Nurse Basto, on December 16th 2006, was one which shocked Orange Walkenos to the very core, as the 27 year old was stabbed over thirty two times with a screwdriver and her throat slashed with a surgical blade. Basto was found wrapped in a white blanket inside her home, which was located only a few steps away from the Northern Regional Hospital where she worked.
Ku’s retrial commenced yesterday at the Orange Walk chapter of the Supreme Court with the selection of the jury that will hear the case.