Witness saw accused holding an iron in Navy cadet murder case

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  • Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A witness told the High Court here Wednesday (Jan 23) that he saw one of the accused holding a steam iron before cadet marine officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain was murdered.

Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) student Muhammad Ilham Zamree, 22, who has friends with the victim since they were 16, said he went to room 4-10 at the Jebat hostel at 4.30am on

May 22, 2017 to pick up his uniform and saw the accused - Muhammad Najib Mohd Razi - holding a steam iron.

Muhammad Ilham said he only say Muhammad Najib holding the iron and did not see nor hear anyone else as the room was dark.

The trial entered its 20th day on Wednesday (Jan 23).

Room 4-10, believed to be where Zulfarhan was tortured and murdered, was occupied by five students, including the first and third accused Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azma and Muhammad Najib, who were charged with killing Zulfarhan Osman, as well as Mohamad Lukhmanul Hakim Mohd Zain, who is facing a charge of causing injury to the victim.

During examination-in-chief by Othman Abdullah, the Kuala Lumpur prosecution director, Muhammad Ilham said he went in to pick up his uniform and left the room immediately.

When asked he left in such haste, Muhammad Ilham said this was because he was uncomfortable with the people in the room were doing, but did not give any further details.

Asked if he was aware that Zulfarhan had been tortured with a steam iron, the witness said he was but did not see it.

Muhammad Ilham also said that the last time he saw Zulfarhan alive was before he returned to his hometown in Johor but he could not recall the exact date.

However, he said he remembered Zulfarhan reminding him not to tell his parents that they were on a semester break.

Earlier, the steam iron believed to have been used to torture Zulfarhan was brought into the courtroom and Muhammad Ilham said the iron belonged to him, which he had bought with his own money and allowed his friends at the hostel to use it.

"Yes, the steam iron is mine. I share it with everyone," he said

Six UPNM students, Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi, Muhammad Azamuddin, Muhammad Najib Mohd Razi, Muhammad Afif Najmudin, Mohamad Shobirin Sabri and Abdoul Hakeem Mohd Ali have pleaded not guilty to the murder and abetment in the murder of Zulfarhan at room 04-10, Jebat hostel block of UPNM between 4.45am and 5.45am, on May 22, 2017.
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The charges against them, all aged 22, were made under Section 302 and 109 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The six, together with 13 other students, were also charged with voluntarily causing hurt to the victim under Section 330 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code which provides for a maximum jail term of seven years and fine, if convicted.

The hearing before judge Datuk Azman Abdullah continues on Jan 25.

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