Doc: Victim had tear in hymen

KUALA LUMPUR: A Kuala Lumpur Hospital gynaecologist testifying in the rape trial of taxi driver Abdul Ghani Abdul Karim told the Sessions Court that her examination of the victim revealed there was a fresh tear in the victim's hymen. 

Dr Zalina Salleh said her examination conducted on Dec 1, 2001 revealed a fresh abrasion to the victim’s hymen measuring between 0.5cm and 1cm caused by friction of a solid object. 

She also said there was also an old tear in the victim's hymen. 

“I proceeded to take two swab samples from the outside of her genitals and two samples from inside her genitals besides instructing the laboratory assistant to take a blood sample in my presence,” she said. 

She added that all samples were sealed and then labelled. 

The victim, besides being in a state of shock, did not bear any other physical injuries, she said. 

The gynaecologist was testifying against Abdul Ghani, who is charged with raping a woman in the back seat of his taxi in Seputeh here, between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Nov 29, 2001. 

During cross-examination, Dr Zalina agreed there was a possibility for a married woman to have numerous abrasions to her hymen during sexual intercourse. 

She also agreed there was a possibility to find abrasions in the hymen of a woman who has had consensual sexual intercourse. 

Dr Zalina explained that a fresh abrasion in the hymen was a tear that occurred within 72 hours of the examination. 

However, the gynaecologist denied that she could not make a deduction that the abrasion was caused by rape. 

Deputy Public Prosecutor Stanley Augustin prosecuted while counsels Amer Hamzah Arshad and Sreekant Pillai represented Abdul Ghani. 

Hearing before judge Akhtar Tahir continues on Jan 28.  

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