Sujatha inquest: She killed herself, says brother

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Actress K. Sujatha had killed herself -- that’s the testimony of her brother at an inquest held to determine the cause of her death.

“Yes, my sister committed suicide,” said K. Yugenthiran, 28, to a question on whether he agreed that 29-year-old Sujatha, who allegedly died of paraquat poisoning, had taken her own life.

However, asked if he knew why she had done so, Yugenthiran said he did not know what drove his sister to commit the act.

He was responding to questions by Deputy Public Prosecutor Geethan Ram Vincent who was assisting coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu in the inquest, held to determine the cause of Sujatha’s death.

To another question, Yugenthiran admitted to cleaning up Sujatha’s house with detergent and throwing away the bottle, believed to contain the paraquat.

“I went to her house and saw the mess. The smell of vomit and chemical was strong, so I cleaned up the place,” he said.

Yugenthiran said it did not occur to him to keep the bottle that still had some greenish liquid left in it, adding that he did not read the label on the bottle.

DPP Geethan proceeded to show Yugenthiran a bottle containing some greenish liquid and asked if it was the same bottle.

“The bottle at the house was bigger although it appears to be the same,” he said.

DPP Geethan asked Yugenthiran whether Sujatha had personal problems, to which he answered, “No.”

Geethan: “Any family or work problems?”

Yugenthiran: “Family problems... yes, we have.”

Geethan: “I assume it is about your parents?”

Yugenthiran: “Yes.”

Geethan: “Any work-related problems?”

Yugenthiran: “No.”

To another question, Yugenthiran said he was not aware that his sister was pregnant.

Wearing a dark blue shirt and black slacks, Yugenthiran was seen wiping tears from his eyes while recalling the frantic moment after she downed the poison.

He told the court Wednesday that he asked Sujatha a few times as to why she drank the poison while she was still warded in the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital but she became irritated with the questions.

Another witness, ASP Azizan Hashim said that he went to the house 39 days after Sujatha was found at her house and found the house clean.

The inquest before coroner Mohd Faizi Che Abu continues Thursday.

Sujatha, who had acted in several Tamil dramas, movies and commercials, died at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang three days after she was admitted on June 25, 2007.

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