IPOH: A High Court judge presiding over a murder trial advised the police to record all information or complaints they receive from the public by telephone.
Judge V.T. Singham said the initial information provided by the public or witnesses to a crime was vital for any case and should be recorded.
He made the remark to L/Kpl Awang Ahmad Azmi Awang Lah, 40, who was the first witness in the trial yesterday.
“When the public calls to inform of something, your duty is to record it down immediately and inform your superior about it even if the caller does not leave a name,” he said.
Singham was hearing the trial of two men charged with the murder of a 52-year-old durian seller at the Leong Sin Nam durian orchard in Ulu Piah, Tambun, last year.
L/Kpl Awang Ahmad Azmi was on duty at the information counter of the Tambun police station during the incident.
Questioned by Deputy Public Prosecutor Shahidani Abd Aziz, L/Kpl Awang Ahmad Azmi said he first received a call from an anonymous caller saying there was a robbery at the Leong Sin Nam durian orchard.
He added that he did not record the statement or the time of the call because the caller did not leave a name.
He said he only recorded the statement by a police patrol, which went to the scene of the crime, stating that a man was killed while another man was sent to the hospital.
In the dock were Ayyavoo Subramaniam, 22, who is jobless, and Sivanathan Singaram, 24, an odd-job labourer.
Both claimed trial to the charge of killing Lee Kin Chong at a guard post at the Leong Sin Nam durian orchard on Jan 13 last year between 11am and noon in Ulu Piah, Tambun.
When presenting the opening statement, Shahidani said Lee was killed instantly when he and his security guard friend Yau Kim Foo, 75, were attacked by the two men together with two youths, who were still at large, at the orchard when they pretended to buy durians.
He said Lee and Yau were attacked when the four tried to rob them of their money.
After the four rode off on their motorcycles, he said, Yau found Lee lying unconscious and got help.
Shahidani added that both the accused, who were arrested on Jan 13 and Jan 25 respectively, were identified by Yau at an identification parade.
The post-mortem report stated the cause of death as “skull fracture” and “brain damage,” he added.
Hearing continues today.
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