Mother recalls last day with children


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Mar 2003

BY ROSLINA MOHAMAD

KUANTAN: A woman whose husband has been charged with murdering their three young daughters wept when shown pictures of the children in the High Court here Wednesday. 

Leha Pegi, 32, said she last saw the children at her father’s house in Kampung Dusun, Chini, at 8pm on Feb 27 last year when her husband Junaidi Bambang took them home. 

“I did not go with them as my father was sick and I wanted to stay overnight at the house,” she added. 

Leha said this when replying to DPP Datuk Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah at the trial of Junaidi, 47, who is charged with murdering Juriyanti, 11, Julaiha, nine, and Julaika, two. 

Junaidi is said to have committed the offences between 8pm on Feb 27 last year and 3.30pm the following day at an unnumbered house in Kampung Dusun, Chini.  

He Is represented by counsel Bob Arumugam. 

Leha also said she returned to her house the following day at about 3pm but found the front door locked. She then went to the back of the house, opened the door and saw Junaidi lying on the kitchen floor. 

“He snapped at me and said ‘apa,apa (what, what)?' I ran away and asked Pidin (her brother) to look for my children. 

 

“He searched for them and later told me that they had died,” said Leha, adding that she then lodged a police report. 

Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital consultant and forensic department head Dr Zahari Noor said the children died from asphyxia and the marks around their necks were caused by strangulation with a cord. 

 

He testified that all of them suffered fractures and internal bleeding in the throat and neck area. 

“They also had marks around their wrists indicating that their hands were tied together,” he said. 

When Mohamad Shariff produced the cords with nooses at one end, Dr Zahari said they were consistent with the marks found on the girls’ necks. 

 

On whether the girls were strangled or left hanging, Dr Zahari said he believed the nooses were placed around the girls’ necks and they were then strangled while they were sleeping. 

The hearing continues today. 

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