TAIPING: One of the men accused of murdering Hasleza Ishak gave his brother a handphone which belonged to a “woman who was kidnapped,” the High Court heard yesterday.
Abd Hamid Yusof, 31, a general assistant with the Krian District Council, told the court his brother, padi planter Mat Saad Isa, 50, had handed him a handphone on Oct 8.
“I asked him whom it belonged to. He said it belonged to the woman who was kidnapped, and told me not to ask any questions and to mind my own business.
“He told me that the phone could only be switched on about 5pm and 9pm, and had to be switched off at all other times,” said Hamid.
He said Mat Saad was with two friends, carpenter Sabarudin Non, 34, and fisherman J. Manimaran, 27, at their family home.
“Sabarudin asked me whether I had read anything in the newspapers about a rape or kidnapping case in the Ipoh area. I told him no, as I had not read the papers that day,” he said.
Hamid said he saw Mat Saad take out a handful of jewellery from a cigarette box. He then proceeded to identify a cigarette box, a watch, two rings and one piece of earring, which he said looked like the items Mat Saad showed him.
“He asked me if I dared to pawn them. I told him no,” said Hamid, who later explained that he dared not do so because he was not used to pawning so many items.
He said Mat Saad gave him some money to buy food and other items, including a 3.64m plastic sheet.
Later that night, he said Manimaran told him to get a pair of binoculars from the latter’s home.
The next day, Hamid said he switched on the handphone at 5pm, and Mat Saad called him two minutes later to ask him to buy food, water, cigarettes and mosquito repellent.
He said he took the items to Mat Saad, who was with Sabarudin and Manimaran in a tent, made from the plastic sheet, in the middle of the padi field near the house.
He said they gave him RM200 and told him to change the SIM card of the handphone that they had passed to him. He said he bought a new SIM card at a shop and returned the old card to Mat Saad.
Hamid said that on the night of Oct 10, another brother Jaafar told him to tell Manimaran to return home as he had not been home for two to three days and his (Manimaran’s) mother would call the police if he did not go home.
“That night Mat Saad told me to get some money from Aziz, the tauke padi, the next morning. But I was unable to do so as I was arrested at 5am,” he said.