PETALING JAYA: The Coroner’s Court here set June 20 for decision on the inquest to determine the cause of death of six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong (pic), whose body was found at the Kampung Sungai Sireh jetty on Jan 24.
Coroner Mohd Hezri Shaharil set the date yesterday after hearing the testimony of 21 witnesses in the inquest, which began on March 11.
Earlier, investigating officer Asst Supt Mohamad Zainal Abdullah told the court that there was no evidence linking the involvement of the boy’s family in his death.
ASP Mohamad Zainal, 35, from the Subang Jaya district police headquarters, said he recorded statements by William’s father Yau Kok Kang, mother Goh Ying Ying, grandmother Chee Chong Moi and eldest brother Eric Yau Zhen Ming.
“A psychologist was called to assist during the interview sessions to ascertain how far the statements given were genuine.
“We found that it was hard to determine whether they were involved in this case,” said the last inquest witness.
On the day of his disappearance, William’s parents had gone to the Onking store in Putra Heights, Shah Alam, to buy a washing machine and left him together with Eric and their one-and-a-half-year-old sister Cindy in the car.
William was found floating in the river by fisherman Satarudin Kamal, who was the 14th witness.
ASP Mohamad Zainal said the post-mortem conducted at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital on Jan 24 showed that William died on the day he was reported missing.
He also sent William’s clothes and bone samples to the Chemist Department and the result revealed that only William’s DNA was found on them.
Asked by the coroner about a call received by Goh from a man asking for money to release the boy, ASP Mohamad Zainal said the man was arrested and was later fined RM7,000 under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 by a magistrate’s court in Shah Alam.
He said investigations showed that the suspect had used his friend’s handphone to make the call.
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