Ardent follower stuns inquest with complaint

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009

SHAH ALAM: A member of the public at the inquest into Teoh Beng Hock’s death stunned everyone present when he stood up and told the coroner he could not observe the demonstration on how the deceased fell to his death from where he was sitting.

Self-employed Hor Boon Chung, 51, broke the silence in the room when he told the coroner that he could not see pathologist Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim’s demonstration on how Teoh might have landed on the ground.

The lawyers representing the family, Selangor state government and Bar Council, as well as those assisting coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, all stared in disbelief when they heard Hor’s complaint.

Thinking that Hor was a member of Teoh’s family, Azmil Muntapha told him to enter the bar area where lawyers sit to have a closer look.

“Please come to this side. He’s a family member, isn’t he?” the coroner asked.

When he was told that Hor was not a family member, Azmil Mun-tapha told him to stand behind the wooden partition that separates the bar area and public gallery.

Within minutes, Hor spoke up again.

“Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, I can’t see,” he said.

The coroner then told Hor that he could view the video recording of the proceedings once it was uploaded on the Attorney-General’s Cham-bers website

Hor, who has been attending the inquest since Day One, then returned to his seat.

An ardent follower of the inquest, Hor said in an interview later that it was important to know how Teoh had fallen as that was the focal point of the case.

He said he came to the court on his own to follow the inquest closely.

He carries around a black-and-white poster of Teoh, and often shouts “Justice For Teoh” whenever the media interview any of the lawyers involved in the inquest.

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