Fire in Cradle CEO's room originated in two places, High Court told

SHAH ALAM (Bernama): Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) fire investigations officer Abdul Halim Zulkefeli told the High Court that the fire in the incident involving Cradle Fund chief executive officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan originated in two places.

The 15th prosecution witness in Nazrin's murder trial said the two places were on the mattress as well as on Nazrin’s head, and they had nothing to do with each other.

"There were traces of burnt objects on the victim’s chest and on the head but I could not determine what the objects were, ” he said when replying to questions from Selangor prosecution director Datuk Salim Soib@Hamid before Justice Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Abdul Halim also told the court that during an examination on Nazrin’s body, he found no injuries and soot stains on the back of the victim’s body except two puncture marks and blood stains on his head.

"Therefore, I am of the opinion that before the fire occurred, Nazrin was already lying in the area where he was found (on the mattress) based on the absence of soot stains on his back. I also found there was no signs of the victim trying to escape the fire as his body was found at the point of origin, ” he said.

Abdul Halim said the investigation also found that the victim had not made any attempt to escape the fire based on the condition of the room during investigation.

This was because he said, based on his experience as a firefighter, fire victims would usually try to escape by hiding in the bathroom or closet and trying to get out using the door or the window.

"However, in this case, there were no signs found on the door; whether he was trying to break it from inside or trying to hide in the closet. If he (the victim) tried to break the door, we would have found the body near the door, not on the mattress, ” he said.

Abdul Halim also told the court that victim could get help if he was conscious when the fire broke out.

"Looking at the nature and effects of the fire, the size of the room and the place where the fire originated, if the victim was still alive he could have come out safely, ” he said.

On March 12, Samirah Muzaffar, 44, a former senior executive at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), and two teenagers, aged 17 and 14, were charged along with an Indonesian citizen, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, with Nazrin’s murder.

They were alleged to have committed the offence at a home in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara between 11.30 pm on June 13,2018 and 4 am on June 14,2018.

They are charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same act, which provides for mandatory death sentence if convicted.

The trial continues on Wednesday (Dec 4). - Bernama

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