TAIPING: A piece of yellow cloth with illegible inscriptions was found tucked in a brassiere belonging to Hasleza Ishak when doctors conducted an autopsy on her, the High Court murder trial heard yesterday.
Shafie Ghani, a medical assistant who aided doctors during the autopsy at the Ipoh hospital, said the cloth was the size of an A4 paper and folded neatly.
“It looked like the kind of amulet that (some) Chinese people would place in their wallets.
“I could not be sure whether the writing is in Arabic or whether the sketches on it resemble that of two sitting Buddhas,” he said under cross-examination by lawyer Datuk Muhamad Shafee Abdullah who sought to show the court that the items had to do with bomoh craft.
Shafee said, in response to a question by High Court judge Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah, that he had zoomed in on those areas in line with the defence of his client, Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, a palace aide.
Tengku Aristonsjah's defence is that he had gone to see bomoh, Rahim Ismail, to seek treatment for Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah, the first wife of the Raja di-Hilir of Perak. The prince married Hasleza in Thailand in February last year.
Later, when shown a pair of red brassieres, a piece of yellow cloth and a panty, Shafie said they could have been the same ones he saw during the autopsy.
Shafie, 33, was testifying against carpenter Sabarudin Non, 34, and fisherman J. Manimaran, 27, who are charged with murdering Hasleza between 6pm and 11pm at the 63km of Jalan Sumpitan in the Larut Matang and Selama district here on Oct 6 last year.
Rahim, 47, and Tengku Aristonsjah, 41,are jointly tried with them for abetting in the murder.
A former co-accused, padi farmer Mat Saad Isa, had since pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of committing culpable homicide and is now serving a 14-year jail term in the prison here.
He had since turned prosecution witness.
Hasleza's father, Ishak Shafie, later took the stand. The 51-year-old food trader told the court that he had lived separately from Hasleza and her mother since 1990.
“We divorced when she was about 11 or 12. I gave her pocket money occasionally while she was schooling but not for long because she did not sit for the SRP (Form Three public examinations).
“She is the younger of two siblings. Her brother is two years older than her. I stopped giving her money after she dropped out of school,” he said.
So far 53 people have testified for the main trial while 13 gave evidence in a trial-within-a-trial determining the admissibility of a confession made by Sabarudin before a magistrate on Oct 16. The hearing continues on Monday possibly with the prosecution closing its case.
DPPs Nordin Hassan, Shahidani Abdul Aziz, Chew Soo Ho and Masri Mohd Daud prosecuted.
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.