Hasleza had fits, says accused


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 01 Apr 2003

BY CHELSEA L.Y.NG AND PRISCILLA DIELENBERG

TAIPING: Hasleza Ishak went into fits “like a chicken being slaughtered” after padi farmer Mat Saad Isa struck her on the neck, the High Court heard during her murder trial yesterday. 

“She looked as though she was having a seizure, like someone who was about to die,” said fisherman J. Manimaran, a co-accused who was testifying in his own defence. 

“She was slumped against Saad, who had his left hand over her mouth and nose. Saad raised his right hand high and hit her on the back of the neck. I am not sure whether he delivered a punch or a chop, but it sounded similar to a blow to one’s back. 

“After Saad released her, she fell listlessly to the ground,” Manimaran said, adding that he witnessed this from the backseat of a car used to abduct Hasleza from Ipoh last Oct 6. 

He said Saad then shoved the Hasleza, who was the Raja di-Hilir Perak’s second wife, into the car and he (Manimaran) helped to pull her in. 

“I laid her head on my lap and I noticed that she was motionless and not breathing. I did not see her chest or stomach rise and fall, and I knew she had died,” he said, when cross-examined by counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah. 

Manimaran, who added he was so scared that he wet his pants, said they then drove to a nearby bridge in Jalan Sumpitan where Saad threw the body into a ravine. 

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

They were originally charged with Mat Saad, 50, who has since pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter and jailed 14 years. He then became a key witness for the prosecution. 

Also in the dock were bomoh Rahim Ismail, 47, and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, 41, who are jointly tried for abetting the murder. Murder and its abetment carry a mandatory death sentence upon conviction. 

Manimaran also testified that after his arrest, the police had repeatedly asked him to admit to molesting Hasleza. 

“They told me Sabarudin and Saad had claimed that I had fondled the woman’s breasts. I said I did not do it. They tried forcing me to admit 10 to 15 times,” he said. 

Manimaran agreed that he had heard that Saad was a bomoh, but he did not know whether Saad specialised in “santau” (spell-casting).  

The hearing continues today.  

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