Cradle CEO murder trial: Suspect willing to be put under house arrest

PUTRAJAYA: Samirah Muzaffar, who is accused of the murder of her husband, Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan, is willing to be placed under house arrest, the Court of Appeal heard.

Counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told a three-man bench that the appellant was willing to stay 24 hours in her apartment so she could take care of her four children.

“She is also willing report daily to the police station,” he said here on Friday (April 26).

Muhammad Shafee said the incident took place in June 2018 and Samirah was only charged nine months later.

“In between the two, she went into remand and was released on bail.

“None of the bail conditions were breached by anyone. There were no elements of absconding,” he said.

Last month, Samirah, 44, and two teenagers, 13 and 16, claimed trial to the murder of Nazrin.

They had been charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 34 of the same Act.

On April 11, the Shah Alam High Court denied Samirah bail, citing the danger of witness tampering as one of the reasons.

She is appealing the decision.

Muhammad Shafee, in his submissions, said the High Court was “inconsistent” in dealing with the bail applications by Samirah and the two teenagers.

“She was denied bail because the court ruled that there may be tampering with the trial witnesses, who are among the family members.

“However, the court ruled in favour of the teenagers,” he said.

On March 27, the teenagers were freed on bail of RM50,000 in two sureties each.

Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Jamil Aripin said in most murder cases which carry the death penalty, the accused would not be granted bail unless there was an exceptional reason.

“In the case of Datuk Balwant Singh, who was granted bail, the police said it was a case of self-defence and the accused was of old age,” he said.

Justice Kamardin Hashim, who chaired the panel, adjourned the proceedings to May 10 pending further submissions by Jamil.

Court of Appeal judges Justices Rhodzariah Bujang and Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah also sat on the panel.

Samirah and the teenagers were charged together with Indonesian Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large.

All four were accused of murdering Nazrin, 47, at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am the following day.

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