Simple Mandarin used to interview accused in ongoing Jalan RTM murder trial


SIBU: Senior Investigating Officer ASP Yeoh Chun Shyan told the High Court here yesterday during cross examination by defence counsel Darren Ling that simple Mandarin was used to interview 17-year-old Song, the accused in the ongoing Jalan RTM murder trial here.

Song is facing a charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code for the murder of four persons in a family, a 36-year-old timber and shipping businessman, Ling Tong Hock, Ling’s mother Leong Nyuk Lai, 76, his son David Ling Chei Qi, 10, and daughter Amy Ling Zi Jiun, 7, at their double-story terraced house at Jalan RTM13B1 at 7.15am on Jan 3 last year.

He was also charged under Section 307 of the same code with attempted murder of another son, Kelvin Ling Chei You, who sustained critical head injuries in the attack. Chei You, who was nine years old at the time of the murder, has since recovered.

Ling: Did you know that Song can converse fluently in Bahasa Malaysia?

ASP Yeoh: I did not know.

Ling: You did not know or you did not ask before the start of the interview?

ASP Yeoh: I did not know Song could converse fluently in Bahasa Malaysia. We started our conversation in very simple Mandarin which was understood by both of us.

Ling: During the interview, you did not note down on any piece of paper the information given to you.

ASP Yeoh: I did not.

Ling: Since you did not note down any of the information during the interview, I put it to you that the police report could be mistranslated by you.

ASP Yeoh: No, I do not agree.

Ling: I also put it to you that the police report did not bear the same meaning as what transpired during the interview.

ASP Yeoh: I do not agree.

Ling: You mentioned that on Jan 7, 2012, Song brought you to the dining room where a black mobile phone was eventually discovered.

ASP Yeoh: Yes.

Ling: I put it to you that the black mobile phone was found on Jan 4, 2012 by ASP Zuraimi and his team. Therefore Song did not lead you to its discovery.

ASP Yeoh: No, I do not agree.

Ling: As for the banana skin found in the dustbin in the kitchen, I also put it to you that this evidence was also discovered on Jan 4, 2012 by ASP Zuraimi and his team and therefore Song did not lead you to the discovery.

ASP Yeoh: I do not agree.

Ling: As for the bananas found on the table in the dining room, I put it to you that this information was never relayed to you as per stated in your police report.

ASP Yeoh: It was not stated in the police report.

Ling: You also mentioned that Song brought you to the living room and showed you the place where he had hidden a piece of wire on the couch.

ASP Yeoh: Yes.

Ling: This piece of wire was found either by you or other police officer after a thorough search at the couch, correct?

ASP Yeoh: I removed the cushion of the couch and found the piece of wire on the couch.

Ling: Therefore I put it to you that Song did not lead you to the discovery of that wire underneath the cushion of the couch.

ASP Yeoh: I do not agree.

Ling: As for the jacket that was discovered in the kitchen, at the same time a shirt together with a chain were also found at the same location, correct?

ASP Yeoh: Yes.

Ling: And therefore the jacket was never showed to you by the accused.

ASP Yeoh: No, I do not agree. The jacket was discovered by me once it was shown by Song. I noticed at the same place another shirt and a chain which were later seized by me.

During re-examination by deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Musli Abdul Hamid, ASP Yeoh told the court that he did not manage to obtain the name and address of the person who first called him informing him about the murder case.

Musli: Why didn’t you get his name and address?

ASP Yeoh: I did ask him his name and address but he just answered me, “Please come to this place as soon as possible”. I did not ask further.

Musli: In cross-examination you also told the court the third bedroom upstairs in house 1H, Lorong RTM13B1 was initially locked. Was this particular bedroom opened by anybody after that?

ASP Yeoh: Yes.

Musli: Who opened the bedroom?

ASP Yeoh: I could not remember who opened the bedroom.

Musli: Was he a civilian or police personnel?

ASP Yeoh: He is a police personnel.

Musli: Did you know how he opened the third bedroom?

ASP Yeoh: He kicked the door open.

Musli: Did you check the bedroom after that?

ASP Yeoh: I checked but it was not thorough.

Musli: Did you find any suspect or any person in the said bedroom?

ASP Yeoh: No.

Musli: What was the condition of the window of this particular bedroom when you checked it?

ASP Yeoh: It was locked.

Musli: You told the court that inside the house 1H on Jan 7, 2012, you removed the cushion of the couch before you discovered the wire. What caused you to remove the said cushion of the couch?

ASP Yeoh: I did that because Song pointed that it was where he had hidden the wire.

Musli: Can you tell the court what spot you are referring to?

ASP Yeoh: Under the cushion of the couch.

Musli: Can you explain a little bit?

ASP Yeoh: He pointed at the cushion on the couch when told me that he had hidden the wire in it. I removed the cushion and saw the wire.

Musli: Can you tell the court why the items that you discovered and seized from house 1H were not collected by ASP Zuraimi on Jan 4, 2012?

ASP Yeoh: I am not sure because I am not ASP Zuraimi.

Earlier, Senior Investigating Officer ASP Tega Bilong, was recalled to identify and clarify two exhibits and one set of photographs which the DPP had left out.

The exhibits were two tubes of blood samples belonging to Song and his mother Beranggang Meringai who was also a prosecution witness and a shirt belonging to one of the victims, Kelvin Ling.

The photographs were of a car belonging to one of the suspects who had been arrested to assist in the investigation.

Musli: Did police seize this particular car?

ASP Tega: Yes.

Musli: Why did the police seize this particular car?

ASP Tega: Because there was information stating that a similar vehicle had passed by the place of the incident.

Musli: When did you release this particular vehicle to the owner?

ASP Tega: After the photographs were taken.

Musli: From the police report itself, was there any information stating that the seizure was made pertaining to this present case or the seizure was made pertaining to the suspected vehicle theft?

ASP Tega: No information related to this case. According to this report, the suspect was arrested due to an act of gangsterism.

Crossed examined by Ling, ASP Tega told the court that he did not ask the neighbourhood watch at the area of the incident whether they had any knowledge about a car similar to the one in the photographs.

Further re-examined by the DPP, ASP Tega said he found out that no one in the neighbourhood of the incident was using the same car in the photographs.

All the witnesses had testified at the trial and High Court Judge Supang Liang had fixed June 26 for the hearing of written submissions from both the prosecution and the defence.

She also directed both parties to put in their written submissions on or before June 21.

Liang advised them to outline in their submissions: (i) Brief statement of the facts in chronological order,

(ii) The elements of each of the five offences,

(iii) Analysis of the evidence for the prosecution in support of each element of the offence,

(iv) Research should be done on the applicability of Section 27 of the Evidence Act.

The DPP said that in the event that the defence was called the prosecution could offer the defence six witnesses for further cross-examination.

They are Lance corporal Edward Abel, George Tiong Ing Tung, chemist Hazwani Hafiz, Inspector Dayang Tantesera, Corporal Simon Sigad and Inspector Firdaus.

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