Accused molested Hasleza


  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 Feb 2003

BY CHELSEA L.Y. NG

TAIPING: An accused in the murder trial of Hasleza Ishak had admitted to fondling her breasts and private parts before throwing her off a bridge in October. 

In his confession recorded by magistrate Al Muhammad Mukmin Abdul Ghani on Oct 16, carpenter Sabarudin Non had detailed how he, padi farmer Mat Saad Isa and fisherman J. Manimaran had abducted Hasleza, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir of Perak. 

The confession, which was ruled as voluntary and admissible by High Court judge Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah yesterday, also contained an account of what had transpired from the time of the abduction until the three men threw her off a bridge in Grik on Oct 6. 

“After we shoved her into my car, we covered the victim's face with a pillow. We headed towards Grik but got lost many times on the way,” DPP Nordin Hassan said when reading out the confession. 

“We finally reached a Jalan Sumpitan and took her out of the car. Saad told me to cover her mouth with my hand but she was too tall and I could not do so. 

“I then reached into her blouse and grabbed her breasts.  

She shouted for help and Saad quickly covered her mouth till she fainted,” Nordin read. 

The court then heard that Saad had struck a blow on the back of Hasleza's neck when she yelled for help again upon hearing two motorcycles approaching. 

After the blow, she had apparently fallen unconscious and the three started relieving her of her watch and jewellery. 

“While I was searching her pants pockets, I touched her private parts. We then carried her into my car and drove towards a bridge nearby. We placed her on the bridge and then rolled her over,” Sabarudin said in the confession. 

Earlier yesterday, Justice Mohd Noor, in accepting the document into the trial, ruled that the volunteering to make the confession would not be affected even if Sabarudin had confessed because of a self-induced expectation for a lenient sentence. 

Last week, the court had declined to admit a confession purportedly made by Mat Saad, a former co-accused for murder who had at the second week of the trial pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of committing culpable homicide. 

Mat Saad, who is now serving a 14-year jail term, had testified for the prosecution. 

Sabarudin, 34, and Manimaran, 27, both from Tanjung Piandang are jointly charged with murdering Hasleza between 6pm and 11pm at Km63 of Jalan Sumpitan in the Larut Matang and Selama district here on Oct 6 last year. 

They are jointly tried with bomoh Rahim Ismail, 47, also from Tanjung Piandang and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, 41, from Kamunting, who are charged with abetting in the murder. 

Murder and its abetment carry a mandatory death sentence upon conviction. 

Later yesterday, entomologist Dr Lee Han Lim told the court that maggots taken from Hasleza's body were about four days old, indicating she had died on Oct 6, the day she was abducted. 

He said the larvae were from a species of fly called langau or blowfly. 

The DPPs are Nordin Hassan, Shahidani Abdul Aziz, Chew Soo Ho and Masri Mohd Daud. 

Sabarudin and Manimaran are represented by A. Thanasekharan and N. Ahilan, Rahim by Gurbachan Singh and Amrit Pal Singh and Tengku Aristonsjah by Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and M. Kirubanandan.  

The hearing continues today. 


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