Chemist reveals findings


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2003

BY CHELSEA L.Y. NG and PRISCILLA DIELENBERG

TAIPING: A chemist found brown patches suspected to be bloodstains in a car which was allegedly used to abduct Hasleza Ishak, who was found dead three months ago, the High Court heard yesterday. 

Ng Chang Chai, 54, from the Ipoh Chemist Department, testified that the stains were on the backrest of the back seat, and the back portion of the driver’s and front passenger seats of the Proton Saga. 

Ashamma: Husband had passed her RM200.

He said he cut out the seat covers and sent them to the Petaling Jaya Chemist Department for DNA analysis. 

 

He also bagged three strands of hair, a thread and four cigarette butts from the car, which he examined on Oct 12, and also sent the hair and cigarette butts for DNA tests. 

Ng said he received several pieces of clothing from the police, who asked him to examine them for traces of blood, glass fragments and foreign fibres. 

 

Of these, he said only a pair of dark-blue long pants had stains which were possibly blood. 

DPP Nordin Hassan later informed the court that the long pants had been retrieved from Mat Saad Isa, one of the men accused of killing Hasleza. 

Mat Saad, 50, a padi planter, is jointly charged with carpenter Sabarudin Non, 34, and fisherman J. Manimaran, 27, all from Tanjung Piandang, with murdering Hasleza, 26, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, at the 63rd kilometre of Jalan Sumpitan in the Larut Matang and Selama district here on Oct 6. 

 

Two others – bomoh Rahim Ismail, 47, from Tanjung Piandang, and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, 41, from Kamunting – are being jointly tried for abetting the murder. 

The court later heard the testimonies of two other witnesses. 

ABSORBING: Ng reading about the previous day's trial in The Star as he sits with DSP Soo.

 

Cheras criminalistics section chief DSP Soo Mee Thong said he was asked to examine the same Proton Saga, which bore the registration number ABW 4001. 

 

He said he bagged, among others, two cushions, some fibres, nine strands of hair and soil specimen with two pieces of broken glass.  

On one of the pieces of glass, he saw stains believed to be blood. He also cut out the cover of the back portion of the driver’s seat which had bloodstains, and bagged it. 

Cross-examined by Tengku Aristonsjah’s counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, DSP Soo said he scoured the car to look for evidence that “the victim” had been in the car. 

 

Sabarudin’s wife Ashamma Hussain, 35, told the court that her husband left home in the afternoon on Oct 6, the day Hasleza was seen being abducted from her car. 

 

“He drove off and did not return. I only noticed the car was back that same night, when the police came to my house,” said Ashamma, who later described her husband’s car as a Proton Saga bearing the registration number 4001, but could not recall the prefix letters. 

She said police came and took away the car five days later, the same day her husband was arrested. 

She said that prior to that, her husband had passed her RM200 through Mat Saad’s wife Che Puteh Bakar. 

 

Mat Saad was represented by counsel Manjit Singh Bhatt, Sabarudin and Manimaran by A. Thanasekharan and N. Ahilan, Rahim by Amrit Pal Singh, and Tengku Aristonsjah by Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and M. Kirubanandan. 

 

Apart from Nordin, the other deputy public prosecutors were Chew Soo Ho, Shahidani Abdul Aziz and Masri Mohd Daud, while counsel Joseph Sebastian held a watching brief for Hasleza’s family. 

The hearing before Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah continues on Monday. 

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