TAIPING: A carpenter accused of murdering Hasleza Ishak, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, told his brother not to worry about money because they were protected by some “palace people,” the High Court heard yesterday.
House builder Hamid Non, 40, said his younger brother Sabarudin told him this in a telephone conversation on Oct 10, last year.
The conversation was made four days after Hasleza was seen being abducted by several men in Taman Pinji Perdana, Ipoh.
“On that evening when he called, I told him that his family was in trouble and his youngest child was having a fever.
“I asked where he was staying but he told me I need not know,” said Hamid, adding that his brother also told him not to worry about financial matters as someone would be sending some money to them.
“He told me he was under the protection of some orang atasan (people of high standing) connected to the royal family of Perak,” he said.
Cross-examined by defence counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Hamid said he did not know whether his brother’s claim was true.
Hamid was testifying at the trial of Sabarudin, 34, padi planter Mat Saad Isa, 50, and fisherman J. Manimaran, 27, all from Tanjung Piandang, who are jointly charged with murdering Hasleza, 26, between 6pm and 11pm at the 63rd kilometre, Jalan Sumpitan, in the Larut Matang and Selama district here on Oct 6, last year.
Two others, bomoh Rahim Ismail, 47, from Tanjung Piandang, and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tenkgu Mohamad Ansary, 41, from Kamunting, are being jointly tried with abetting the murder.
Another witness who testified yesterday was Mohamad Nazri Mat Nayah, who used to man the Merah Berahi (Passionate Red) foodstall in Taman Pinji Perdana near the spot where Hasleza was allegedly abducted.
He told the court that he saw three men forcing Hasleza out of her car before whisking her into their car.
“By the time the car passed my stall, I noticed the woman was struggling in the back seat,” he said, adding that the woman used to buy rojak and drinks from his stall about four times a week.
Nazri identified all three murder accused as the woman’s abductors.
He said he attended an identification parade in Ipoh days before he was arrested by police on Oct 20 for a robbery committed between March and May last year.
Hearing continues today.
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