Witness accused of covering up


SHAH ALAM: A witness in the Cradle Fund chief operating officer Nazrin Hassan murder trial was asked if she had fibbed in her witness statement.

Lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah asked former police corporal Nur Ronal Ardes Amir why her testimony in court differed from the written witness statement recorded by the Deputy Public Prosecutor.

He asked Nur Ronal if she had fabricated information to cover up alleged misdeeds that occurred at the scene.

Nur Ronal’s written testimony said Nazrin’s widow Samirah Muzaffar, who is accused in the case with two juveniles and a foreign national, had removed some foreign currencies from the scene.

Nur Ronal had claimed she escorted Samirah to the room upstairs.

“I put it to you that you said this only after it was highlighted in court that money may have been stolen.

“Are you saying this to cover up the police and bomba (firemen). Did your investigating officer tell you to say so?’’ asked Muhammad Shafee.

(The court heard in early October that a watch and some foreign currencies were missing from the room after the incident.)

Nur Ronal denied lying and stood by her testimony that Samirah had removed the foreign currencies from a TV cabinet drawer in the room.

Muhammad Shafee asked if she would agree, if he said a fireman took Samirah to the room instead.

Nur Ronal disagreed and told judge Justice Ab Karim Ab Rahman that she was unaware that a fireman had taken Samirah to the room before she arrived.

He said firemen Stanley Nigau Nyalang was one of the first to sight Nazrin’s remains in the room and had not mentioned that Nur Ronal was there.

Muhammad Shafee told Nur Ronal, the 12th witness, that she had told a lie.

“I don’t 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 told lead prosecutor Datuk Salim Soib @ Hamid Mohd why she disagreed with Muhammad Shafee.

Samirah, 44, and two teenagers, aged 14 and 17, as well as Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari who is still at large, have been 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.

The hearing continues next Friday.

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