Defence lawyer disputes security guard’s version of events

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  • Saturday, 21 Sep 2019

SHAH ALAM: The murder trial of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Nazrin Hassan took an interesting twist when defence counsel LS Leonard cast doubt over an earlier testimony of a witness.

Security guard Raju Kumar Pandit had told the High Court here last week, through an interpreter, that he had asked Nazrin’s widow, Samirah Muzaffar, if she had called the Fire and Rescue Department and when she said she had not, he made the call.

However, during yesterday’s cross-examination, Leonard told the Nepali national that he did not ask whether Samirah had called the Fire and Rescue Department.

Leonard said the fact was that it was Samirah who asked Raju Kumar to make the call.

Raju Kumar reiterated that when he arrived at Nazrin’s and Samira’s home, the upstairs window was closed and the pane remained intact and unbroken and added that he saw smoke coming out of the window at the same time.

“I put it to you that you cannot remember that the window was open and a lot smoke was coming out (from the window), ’’ said Leonard.The security guard disagreed with Leonard’s contention.

The hearing continues next Friday.

In the dock are Samirah and two boys aged 14 and 17. The trio and 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 in two sureties by the Shah Alam High Court in March, while the Federal Court allowed Samirah bail of RM500,000 in two sureties in May.

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