Lim: Canny last seen at ticket machine


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Sep 2003

SHAH ALAM: Closed-circuit camera pictures taken by the Bangsar Shopping Centre showed that Canny Ong was last captured on video at 10.44pm while leaving an autopay machine and heading towards the lifts to the car park. 

Lim Ah Seng, the complex’s car park operations executive, said he viewed the recording after Canny’s mother, Pearly Visvanathan, reported to him about her missing daughter at 11.20pm on June 13. 

ON TRIAL:Ahmad Najib Aris,who is accused of raping andmurdering Canny Ong,leaving the Shah Alam High Courtat the end of Day 5 of the trial.

“Mrs Ong came to me at the control room. She told me her daughter was missing and that she could have been kidnapped. 

“I called (Abdul) Malik (Abdullah), the security officer, that night, asking him to return to the office. Then I rewound the tape to have it played back,” he said. 

Lim said he played the tape back to 10.30pm, the time specified by Pearly and saw shots of her and her daughter captured by cameras on the ground floor. He said Pearly and Canny’s friends viewed the tape with him. 

“According to the recording, at 10.44pm, Canny could be seen at the autopay machine on the ground floor. She was identified by Mrs Ong and her friends. 

“After that, I tried to locate her from shots taken near the autopay machines located on the lower ground floor but she was nowhere to be seen,” said Lim. 

He said he then scanned through another tape containing images taken from Exit A, located in Jalan Senduduk and saw that at 10.50pm, a car similar to a Proton Tiara had rammed through the barricade there, causing a slight dent in the pole. 

He said he could not identify the make of the car because it had hit right into the barrier, which was surprisingly still intact after the knock.  

He said he then went on to examine a tape containing shots taken at column 3B in Basement One, the area nearest to where Canny had parked her car earlier but the search proved futile. 

Lim then told the court that the only rotating camera in Basement One was located two parking lots behind column B and the Tiara could have been blocked by the columns.  

Lim said under cross-examination that he could not identify the driver of the Tiara-like car which rammed into the barricade but that he was certain that it was a man. 

At this juncture, one of the defence counsel’s handphone started ringing, causing the judge to remark: “The accused is facing a murder charge. Please give me a chance to hear this case in a conducive environment.”  

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