Mom: My son went into hiding at temple

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  • Friday, 24 Jan 2003

TAIPING: The mother of a fisherman accused of murdering Hasleza Ishak told the High Court yesterday that her son went into hiding at a temple when police came to their house to arrest him. 

K. Guindamah, 50, said that when she approached her son J. Manimaran at his hideout, he told her that he was in hiding because he had followed a Malay friend to break the window of a car. 

“He said he did not take part in the smashing of the car window incident and I told him that if that was the case, he should surrender himself to the police. 

Guindamah: My son said he was not involved in the car smashing incident.

“He then told me he was willing to do so, and I telephoned the police from a public phone booth,” she said, adding that two policemen then came to make the arrest. 

Asked by DPP Shahidani Abdul Aziz whether her son had told her that he and his friends had dumped a woman’s body in the jungle after the smashing incident, Guindamah said somebody else told her that. 

Guindamah said her son had left home on Oct 6, last year, and returned the following night. He then left home again the next morning and came back the night after that. 

Subsequently, she said he left home again on Oct 10 and when he returned at 5.30am the next day, he gave her RM600. An hour later, the police came to arrest him. 

Another witness who testified was Abdul Majid Abdul Hamid, the brother-in-law of co-accused Sabarudin Non. 

Majid, 30, gave evidence that Sabarudin had bought a Proton Saga registered under his (Majid’s) name in June, last year. 

He said the car was used and maintained by Sabarudin.  

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