Doc: I didn't check accused for sex assault

KUALA LUMPUR: A doctor did not check if former RTM news reader Ter Ai Chin had been sexually assaulted although she had complained that she could have been raped, a magistrate’s court heard yesterday. 

Dr Zahirah Mohd Zuraimi, who is attached to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s emergency department, admitted that Ter had told her about the alleged rape but could not confirm the allegation. 

Replying to questions by Ter’s lawyer K.C. Wan, the doctor agreed that she neither carried out a check on Ter for rape nor did she conduct any examination on Ter’s private parts at the hospital in March 1996. 

However, Dr Zahirah said she performed a medical check-up and treated Ter based on the information given by investigating officer Insp Jamilah Mohamad. 

The doctor said Insp Jamilah had informed her that Ter had suffered an injury when she hit a glass door. 

Earlier, in an examination-in-chief by prosecuting officer Chief Insp S. Naidu, Dr Zahirah said Ter suffered an injury on the third finger of her right hand. 

Dr Zahirah said Ter, whose Muslim name is Khairulnisa Ter Abdullah, could have sustained the injury, which she termed as not serious, from a sharp object. 

Asked by Naidu on her next course of action, Dr Zahirah said she wanted to stitch the injury but Ter did not want her to.  

She was testifying against Ter, who is charged with giving false information to L/Kpl Mohd Nor Abd Majid at the Ampang police station enquiry office in Jalan Dagang at about 1.50am on March 26, 1996, that she was raped by three men at Kelab Darul Ehsan in Selangor. She had pleaded not guilty to the summons charge. 

Ter, who came to the courthouse alone, faces a maximum sentence of six months’ jail or a fine of up to RM2,000 or both, if convicted under Section 182 of the Penal Code. 

The hearing before magistrate Mohamad Kamil Nizam will continue on July 25.  

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