TAIPING: The murder trial of Hasleza Ishak, a former model who married a prince, went on for four days last week in the true style of a high-profile case in this quiet town.
First of all, the presiding High Court judge, Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah, was “imported” from Penang while prosecutors and counsel were made up of personalities from places like Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang.
The trial itself saw fairytale-like stories. The court was told of the suffering of the Raja di-Hilir Perak's first wife, Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar, alleged to be the victim of dark spells cast by bomohs.
A bomoh’s wife told the court that the princess had sought the help of some 'white witches' to win back the heart of her husband, whom she had not been with for 15 years.
To add more heat to the already sizzling trial, the court was also told of the alleged personal problems between the prince and the princess and the bizarre happenings in their palace – believed to have been caused by dark forces.
It was said that the wall mirror suddenly 'shattered' one day and also of servants finding carcasses of decapitated birds or chickens in the compound and a huge swarm of bottle flies in Raja Nor Mahani's residence. The bomoh's wife added that Raja Nor Mahani had also been vomiting blood.
At one point, the Bench and counsel were debating on whether the trial should continue this week. However, a consensus was reached and the hearing continues today.
Lead DPP Nordin Hassan informed the court last week that he would be calling Hasleza’s mother to testify, and witnesses involved in taking down three confessions and a cautioned statement made by some of the accused.
It is not clear what these witnesses would reveal but one thing is for sure – Taiping folk continue with their daily routine despite the town hosting such a widely publicised case.
Court reports from Day One
Court hears how Hasleza was abductedA witness in the murder trial of Hasleza Ishak, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, told a High Court that he saw a man dragging a woman out of her car and forcing her into another car at Taman Pinji Perdana in Ipoh.
Lawyer charged with criminal intimidationA lawyer was charged in the magistrate’s court yesterday with two counts of criminally intimidating a witness during a trial and intentionally interrupting a magistrate in the course of a judicial proceeding.
Bomoh’s wife: Princess sought cure for spellsRaja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah, the wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, sought the services of a bomoh involved in the murder trial of her husband’s second wife to help “strengthen her marriage” and rid her of “black magic spells,” the High Court heard yesterday.
Mom: My son went into hiding at templeThe 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.
Chemist reveals findingsA 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.