Aide: Norjan had appointment

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  • Wednesday, 23 Jun 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Norjan Khan Bahadar was to have met a friend at midnight, just hours before she was murdered, the High Court heard yesterday. 

Her personal aide, Rosdah Yahya, said Norjan's other assistant, Baria Mohamad, accompanied the former Sabah assistant minister to meet the friend at the Shangri-La Hotel's coffeehouse after 11pm on Feb 10. 

Testifying on the fifth day of the trial, Rosdah said she was sleeping with Baria’s daughter in a separate room at the time of the meeting. 

When she woke up at 8.30am on Feb 11, a hotel worker told her that the police were on the way to the hotel.  

Indonesian waiter Azman Bakar alias Samsudin Mustamin is accused of murdering Norjan in a room of the hotel at Bandaran Berjaya here on Feb 11. 

Replying to a question by Deputy Public Prosecutor Amir Nasaruddin, Rosdah said she lived in Norjan's house as the former Sabah assistant minister was suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems. 

Amir: The Datuk (referring to Norjan) always has someone to sleep with her? 

Rosdah: Yes. 

Amir: Did it not occur to you that when Baria was with you, Datuk would be alone? 

Rosdah: It did occur to me but Baria said there was a lady in the room with her. 

Earlier at yesterday’s hearing, the hotel's front office manager, David Phang, said the reservations for two rooms were registered under Norjan’s name and were made at about noon on Feb 10. Norjan only checked into the hotel at about 7.58pm, he said. 

Crossed-examined by Azman's counsel Alexander Siew, he said records from the hotel’s key card system for all rooms showed that after Norjan checked in, the key card for entry into her room was first used at 12.45am on Feb 11. 

Phang said the key card for her room was used again five minutes later.  

He said when he went to the room at about 9.45am after being told of the murder, he saw the key card in its slot. 

To another question by Siew, he said a man by the name of Amir Khan Amjad Khan had been a guest at the hotel prior to Feb 10. 

Questioned by DPP Amir, Phang said Amir Khan had stayed at the hotel on several occasions in 2002 and last year. 

Phang said Azman was on leave the day Norjan’s body was discovered. He said Azman’s application for leave had been approved for Feb 11-12. 

Asked whether the hotel had installed security cameras on each floor prior to Feb 11, Phang said such equipment was only fitted in the lobby. However, the hotel has since installed cameras on each floor following the incident. 

Hotel cook Kok Yee Yit, the prosecution’s 12th witness, told the court that a square-shaped metal instrument with multiple prongs, that had been identified as the possible murder weapon, was used to poke holes in pizza dough to allow air to escape. 

Replying to a question from DPP Noorbahari Baharuddin, he said the utensil had been kept in a container that was stored on a three-tiered shelf in the hotel kitchen and was accessible not only to the kitchen staff but also other hotel workers, including cashiers as well as room service and housekeeping staff. 

The hearing continues today.  

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