SEREMBAN: One of the nuns attacked by men believed to be snatch thieves outside the Church of Visitation here on Wednesday morning is still in critical condition while the other has regained consciousness.
Sister Julianna Lim, 68, who suffered injuries to the head and face, is still hooked to a respirator at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital and has yet to regain consciousness.
A church member said Lim, who is from the Holy Infant Jesus Convent in Kg Pasir near here, sustained severe injuries after being hit on the back of her head with a hard object.
“We have been told that both Lim and Sister Marie Rose were hit with helmets but we have yet to see the CCTV recordings,” he said on Thursday when met at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospoital, where the nuns have been warded.
Both Lim and Marie Rose alias Theresa Teng, 79, were found bruised and bleeding at the entrance to the church by a caretaker just before mass at 6.30am on Wednesday.
They had minutes earlier arrived at the church with two other nuns for the morning mass.
Rahang state assemblyman P. Josephine Mary said two of the nuns went to a grotto located at the side entrance to offer prayers while Lim and Marie Rose walked to the front where they usually exercised and prayed.
“We have been made to understand that the church authorities have handed over the CCTV recordings to the cops.
“We can’t determine what happened until we see the footage,” she said, adding that the nuns were clad in normal clothes and only had a prayer book, rosaries and a copy of the Bible with them when they were attacked.
She said the nuns hardly carried any cash or valuables.
Marie Rose has since regained consciousness and was seen talking to church members at her ward.
Earlier today, a police forensics team was seen searching the church compound for clues.
The police officers also held a closed door meeting with church officials.
State police chief SAC Datuk Osman Salleh is scheduled to speak to the media later Thursday.
Church officials also appealed to the media to give the victims as well as their families privacy.
They have also asked the media not to speculate and to wait for the police to release an official statement.
Church officials are expected to speak to reporters at about 4pm, Thursday.