Doc: Trader was shot at close range

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  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018

On to trial: Police escorting Ja’afar from the High Court after he claimed trial in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Tiny red bumps caused by gunshot residue on the skin of slain businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong revealed that he was shot at close range to the back of his head, a High Court here heard.

Forensic expert Datuk Dr Zahari Noor said the bullet tunnelled through the back of Ong’s head before lodging itself into the right zygomatic bone (cheek bone).

“At the back of the deceased’s head, there were many tiny red bumps along the skin surface between the ear and neck. This appearance is called ‘powder tattooing’.

“This is caused by gunshot residue which was deposited on the deceased’s skin.

“It means that the muzzle of the weapon was very close to the back of the head and less than a distance of 1m,” he said to questions by DPP Emma Syafawati Abdul Wahab.

Dr Zahari, who performed the post-mortem examination on Ong, was testifying in the trial of Ja’afar Halid, 39, who was Ong’s bodyguard.

The witness said the wound was sufficient to cause death under ordinary circumstances.

Ja’afar claimed trial to murdering Ong, professional clown Choi Hon Ming and flower supplier M. Senthil at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway between 7.15pm and 7.30pm near the Penang Bridge intersection of the expressway on Dec 1, 2016.

The three charges under Section 302 of the Penal Code carry the mandatory death penalty, upon conviction.

He also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of K. Arivarni, TNB Bhd assistant manager Nurul Huda Ab Aziz, factory worker Lee Hong Boon, RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amer and bank worker Puoh Bee Joo.

The offences under Section 307 of the Penal Code carry a jail sentence of up to 20 years, upon conviction.

All eight charges were jointly heard before Judicial Commissio­ner Datuk Abdul Wahab Moha­med.

Dr Zahari, who was among three witnesses who testified on the first day of the trial yesterday, also told the court that Senthil was shot through the chest from the back.

He said the bullet punctured his lungs and a large vein, which led to profuse bleeding.

The court’s assigned counsel Datuk Y. Anbananthan did not cross-examine the witnesses.

The hearing continues tomorrow.

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