SHAH ALAM: A security guard stationed at the Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara guardhouse testified at Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan’s (pic) murder trial that the bedroom in which the deceased's remains were found was engulfed in smoke.
Raju Kumar Pandit, from Nepal, told the High Court here the room was on fire when he managed to get it open.
He also said he stopped Nazrin’s wife Samirah Muzaffar from entering the bedroom when he finally managed to break the lock and kicked the door open.
Replying to a question by defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Raju Kumar said Samirah had tried to rush into the room.
“She screamed ‘my husband, my husband is inside’ and rushed inside the room but I pulled her back,” Raju Kumar testified through an interpreter before judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman on Friday (Sept 13).
To a question by Muhammad Shafee as to why he had prevented Samirah from entering the room, he said he stopped her because the room was filled with thick smoke and it was dangerous to go inside.
Earlier in the day, Raju Kumar, who was the only witness for the day, narrated how one of Samirah's neighbours had called the guardhouse saying there was a problem in the house and requested the guards find out what was happening.
He added that he had ridden his motorcycle there and saw the auto gate open and smoke coming out of the double-storey house’s top floor window.
Cross-examined by Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran, the security guard said he saw a woman in the porch and a boy in the house when he arrived there.
“What was she doing and what did you do when you arrived?” said Raja Rozela.
Raju Kumar said he asked the woman, whom he later identified as Samirah, if she had called the Fire and Rescue Department and when she said she had not, he made the call.
He added she was crying and looked frightened when he saw her at the porch.
Raju Kumar then said he rushed upstairs to the bedroom and found that it was locked and when he asked for the keys, Samirah told him that she did not have it.
“I asked for a hammer and she said she did not have one.
“A neighbour then gave me an iron rod,” said Raju Kumar, adding he could only break the doorknob with it and had to kick the door a few times to get it open.
He added that he was asked to leave once the Fire and Rescue Department team arrived 10 minutes later.
Samirah, 44, and two teenagers, aged 14 and 17, as well as Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari who is still at large, are accused of murdering Nazrin, 47, at a house in Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13,2018, and 4am on June 14,2018.
They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code, which comes with the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
The two boys were granted bail of RM50,000 with two sureties by the Shah Alam High Court in March, while the Federal Court allowed Samirah bail of RM500,000 with two sureties in May.
The hearing continues on Sept 20.
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