Temporary evidence room had no SOP for records, court told

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  • Saturday, 27 Jun 2020

SHAH ALAM: The temporary evidence room used to store evidence taken from the Cradle Fund chief executive officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan’s bedroom did not have a written standard operating procedure (SOP) to control the entry/exit of evidence, the high court was told.

The prosecution’s 23rd witness, fire officer Che Daud Adli Yusof@Che Man, 55, said ever since he took over the responsibility of securing the room in 2016, no efforts were made to record all types of evidence kept in the room, let alone the name of officers who brought it in or took it out.

“The temporary evidence room is used to keep all evidence taken from any crime scene if the lab is closed for public holidays.

“The room is equipped with an air-conditioning unit and a chiller,” he said during the cross-examination by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah before Justice Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

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.

Earlier, Shafee asked the fire officer whether there was a specific SOP for the room located at the Fire Investigation Division’s Office of the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department headquarters to ensure all evidence remain untainted.Meanwhile, Che Daud Adli said he was on leave when the case’s investigating officer came to keep some evidence in the room.

“On June 14, 2018, I was on leave and returned to my hometown in Kelantan when the investigating officer Abdul Halim Zulkefeli contacted me saying that he wanted to keep some evidence in the temporary evidence room as the lab was closed for Hari Raya.

“I told him exactly where he could find the duplicate key to the room, which I hid in a drawer,” he said.

Che Daud Adli said apart from him, two of his immediate superiors also knew the location of the duplicate key.

The trial continues Monday.—Bernama

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