Mum appeals against coroner’s verdict on son

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 Jun 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: The mother of G. Francis Udayappan has filed an appeal in the High Court to challenge the findings of a coroner’s court that conducted the inquest into her son’s death. 

Udayappan’s case received widespread media attention when his decomposed body was fished out of the Klang River two years ago with the right hand and half the head missing. 

In the four-page petition, 47-year-old G. Sara Lily claimed that magistrate Nazran Mohd Sham, who sat as coroner in the case, had erred factually and legally in concluding that there was no foul play or criminal elements involved in the death of 24-year-old Udayappan. 

Among other things, she held that the magistrate had erred when he failed to consider the contradictions from witnesses on whether the deceased was handcuffed or not, and when he failed to use his prerogative to call several material witnesses to testify in the inquest. 

Sara Lily also alleged that the magistrate had made a mistake when he failed to conclude that the police had caused the death of her son. 

The identity of the body was only confirmed by the coroner’s court two months ago when the magistrate announced his findings in open court. 

Sara Lily filed the petition yesterday through lawyer N. Surendran. Notice of appeal had been filed in April. 

Surendran later told reporters that the appeal was limited to the part of the decision that ruled out foul play in Udayappan’s death and also on the manner in which he had died.  

“She is not going to give up until she gets justice.”  

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