Bridge was 29m high, court told


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 04 Mar 2003

BY CHELSEA L.Y. NG

TAIPING: The bridge from which self-confessed killer Mat Saad Isa and two others had thrown Hasleza Ishak was about the height of a five-storey building, the High Court heard yesterday. 

The investigating officer of the case, Deputy Supt Sulong Affandi Mohd Hashim, said Sabarudin Non, a carpenter on trial for Hasleza’s murder, led him and a police team to the bridge in Jalan Sumpitan, Kerian, on Oct 11 last year. 

“The height of the bridge from the point where we found Hasleza’s body was about 29m. We found her lying face up near a big tree trunk. 

DSP Sulong found the victim lying face up near a big tree trunk

“Her blouse was tucked under her bra, baring her breasts,” said DSP Sulong. 

The court had heard evidence from Mat Saad last month that he, Sabarudin and fisherman J. Manimaran had pushed Hasleza, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, off the bridge after abducting her on Oct 6. Sabarudin had also mentioned the dumping of Hasleza’s body from the same bridge.  

Sabarudin, 34, and Manimaran, 27, both from Tanjung Piandang, are jointly charged with murdering Hasleza, 26, between 6pm and 11pm at the 63rd kilometre, Jalan Sumpitan, in the Larut Matang and Selama district on Oct 6. 

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. 

DSP Sulong identified several items retrieved from Hasleza during the autopsy at the Ipoh Hospital. Among them were a piece of yellow cloth measuring 22.5cm by 20cm and a plastic sachet with a gel-like substance in it. 

He further identified a pair of panties and a red floral printed bra, where both the cloth and the sachet were recovered. 

At this point, Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah asked DSP Sulong what the gel-like substance was for. He replied: “I think it’s to enhance the bust line.” 

The court will continue hearing evidence from DSP Sulong on March 10. 

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

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


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