SHAH ALAM: A witness testifying at the murder trial of Cradle Fund chief operating officer Nazrin Hassan (pic) was accused of lying in her witness statement by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
He had asked former police corporal Nur Ronal Ardes Amir why what she testified in court differed from the written witness statement recorded by the DPP.
Nur Ronal had added to her written testimony that Nazrin’s widow Samirah Muzaffar, had removed some foreign currencies from the scene of the incident.
Samirah is accused of murdering Nazrin with two juveniles and a foreign national.
On the removal of foreign currencies, Muhammad Shafee asked if Nur Ronal had said that Samirah removed the money only after it was highlighted in court that the money may have been stolen.
Muhammad Shafee had told the court during the trial in early October that a watch and some foreign currencies went missing from the room after the incident.
"Are you saying this to cover-up for the police and the firemen. Did your investigating officer tell you to say so," asked Muhammad Shafee.
However, Nur Ronal denied she had fabricated any information and stood by her testimony that Samirah removed some foreign currencies from a drawer of a television cabinet in the room.
Muhammad Shafee asked Nur Ronal if she escorted Samirah upstairs after the firemen had doused the fire that had engulfed the room.
He had also asked her if she would agree if he told her that a fireman had testified that he was the one who had escorted Samirah upstairs after she had requested to see her husband.
Nur Ronal disagreed and told judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman that she did not know if a fireman had taken Samirah upstairs before she arrived at the scene.
“I put it to you that it was the fireman who brought her up,’’ said Muhammad Shaffe, adding that it was not Nur Ronal who brought Samirah upstairs.
He added that fireman Stanley Nigau Nyalang was one of the first to sight Nazrin’s remains in the room and had not mentioned anything about Nur Ronal’s presence at the scene.
Nur Ronal replied that she had brought Samirah upstairs and that there was a probability Samirah went upstairs before her arrival.
At this point Muhammad Shafee told Nur Ronal "not to fight" with him.
“I put it to you that your story is a lie. You want to be a hero in the case. You did not bring her upstairs. There are many who want to become a hero, including a security guard," said Muhammad Shafee.
Nepali security guard Raju Kumar Pandit had testified how he had prevented Samirah from entering the smoke-filled room at the beginning of the trial in September.
Firemen Mohamad Afzan Majid from the Damansara Fire and Rescue station, meanwhile, had testified early last month that he had escorted Samirah upstairs to the bedroom to see Nazrin’s remains after the fire had been safely put out.
Later in the day to a question by lead prosecutor Datuk Salim Soib @ Hamid Mohd asking why she had disagreed when Muhammad Shafee told her that her testimony was a fabrication, Nur Ronal said: “I do not agree that I fabricated the witness statement because I was there and I do not know the victim or the accused. So there is no reason for me to create a story,’’ said Nur Ronal who is the 12th witness on Friday (Nov 15).
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 next Friday (Nov 22).