KOTA KINABALU: Former state minister Datuk Conrad Mojuntin shot Anthony Chang Kim Fook but had no intention of killing him.
He said he had aimed at his legs as Anthony continued to charge at him wielding a samurai sword though he had fired a warning shot seconds earlier.
“I wanted to fire another warning shot but I remembered there were only two cartridges in my gun. I levelled the gun and released the shot,” said Conrad, the 28th person to testify in the inquest.
He said he was shocked when his son’s friend Alexander Chuan checked the body and told him that Anthony had been hit in the body.
“There have been people who have accused me of purposely murdering him (Anthony). I had no intention of killing anyone. If I wanted to kill, why would I do it in an open space and wearing a sarong?”
“I would have put on a mask and shot him somewhere else.”
Conrad, 57, added that he lodged a police report and surrendered his shotgun after the shooting incident.
His testimony was the first statement he had given on the events that occurred in the evening of Oct 22 and early morning hours of Oct 23.
Conrad said that after a family dinner gathering on Oct 22, Alexander drove to his house with a friend Marlindo Aduk, who had been pierced with a metal object called a flying duster.
He said Alexander, in a state of panic, told him that masked samurai-sword-wielding people had chased his son Moses outside the SJD Pub in Donggongon.
“The first thing that came to my mind was that when people in masks hold samurai swords and iron rods, their intention was to kill,” said Conrad.
He added that he was also thinking of an incident where a teenager was killed by armed men in downtown Kota Kinabalu.
Conrad said he asked his eldest son Petrus to go to SJD Cafe to find out what was going on.
However, soon after Petrus left he became worried because Petrus was going to a place where he had been told there were people carrying weapons.
He said he then went to his room and loaded two cartridges into a shotgun he had inherited from his late brother Datuk Peter Mojuntin.
Conrad said he wanted to go to the cafe to look for Moses and his other son Conrad Junior.
He said Alexander was shouting and saying they should take some parang along.
“I told him, 'don’t be stupid'. We are not going there for a fight but to look for Moses, (Conrad) Junior and their friends.”
He said he had asked his nephews to keep calling Moses on his handphone as “I really thought something terrible had happened.”
Upon reaching the cafe, he met Chee Yee Fatt and SJD Cafe owner Doughty Disimon and asked if they knew where his sons were. They did not answer him.
At this juncture, Conrad said he read in newspaper reports that Doughty had told the inquest that he (Conrad) had pointed the shotgun at his head and later struck him with the weapon’s barrel.
“I didn’t do it. I am not so stupid as to do something like that. The gun is 40 years old, its springs are weak and it can go off,” Conrad said, adding that there was a police car that had shown up at the cafe but the policemen did not question him.
He said that after going to several villages to look for his sons, he decided to go to the Donggongon library.
Conrad said he was relieved when Conrad Junior arrived there. Moments later, he saw a Perodua Kenari screeching to a halt and heard shouts of “samurai, samurai.”
He said he saw three or four people alighting from the Kenari brandishing samurai swords and other weapons.
Conrad said that after the shooting he saw a person he knew as Edo (Saffrih Samijan) going to Anthony’s body and kicking away a samurai sword.
“I saw a fat policeman standing nearby who told him not to disturb anything,” he said, adding that he, his sons and nephews went to the Penampang police station to lodge a report on the incident.
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