SHAH ALAM: A fireman testified at the High Court here that Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Nazrin Hassan might have been able to save himself if he was conscious.
Fireman Tanhoss Bah Agem said the fire in the deceased’s room was very small and was put out in just two minutes.
“The room was also big; he could have gone to any corner and saved himself.
“I saw most of the smoke moving upwards and the smoke in the room was not even up to the waist level, ’’ said Tanhoss to questioning by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah. Only the mattress and bed were burnt in the fire.
Shafee also asked the fireman about the condition of the deceased’s remains, of which Tanhoss described as being stiff and motionless when he testified earlier this month.
Tahhoss testified then that Nazrin’s body was not akin to that of other victims who had died in fires.
He had also said then that in his experience as a fireman, those who die in fires would be found in various positions as they usually tried to save themselves.
Muhammad Shafee asked the fireman if a victim’s body could be in “various” positions – as opposed to being rigid and motionless – in the event he woke up from his sleep in shock, fell and had a fatal blow to the head.
For example, if he fell and his skull was cracked, is it possible for his body to be found like that?
Tanhoss: Not sure.
Muhammad Shafee: When you say bodies are found that way, you can’t say the exact position of the body?
Tanhoss: I don’t know.
Muhammad Shafee: So, because you don’t know, your observation in other cases cannot be used in this case?
Nazrin’s widow Samirah Muzzafar, 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 him at a house in Mutiara Damansara between 11.30pm on June 13 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 boys were granted bail of RM50,000 in two sureties by the Shah Alam High Court in March. The Federal Court allowed Samirah bail of RM500,000 in two sureties in May.
Muhammad Shafee also grilled Tanhoss on his statement to the DPP recently in which he said he had seen one of the juveniles implicated in the case going upstairs to take something from the room while Nazrin’s remains were still there.
Tanhoss had not said this in his report to the Fire and Rescue Department as well as in his statement to the police.
Muhammad Shafee then accused Tanhoss of lying about the juvenile going upstairs to the room in order to cover up for the policemen and firemen who were accused of lifting some valuables from the bedroom.
“I put it to you that you are lying and used as a victim to cover up for the Bomba, ’’ said Muhammad Shafee. To this, Tanhoss declined to comment.
Muhammad Shafee said Samirah had lodged a police report saying she was not satisfied with the investigations and about some missing cash and a watch.
The hearing resumes next Monday before Justice Ab Karim Ab Rahman.