‘Maid had tears in hymen’

IPOH: There were fresh tears in the hymen of an Indonesian maid allegedly raped by former Perak executive council member Paul Yong when she was examined by a medical expert, the High Court was told.

Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital’s obstetrics and gynaecology specialist Dr Nilawati Isha said it could have been penetration due to a blunt object or organ.

She said based on the medical examination, there were two fresh tears and an old one in the victim’s hymen.

Dr Nilawati said the fresh tears had occurred within 72 hours before the examination.

She said this could happen due to consensual sexual intercourse or sex by force.

The gynaecologist was testifying against Yong, who is charged with raping his Indonesian maid in a room on the top floor of his house in Meru Desa Park between 8.15pm and 9.15pm on July 7,2019.

She also said during her examination, she did not find any traces of sexual disease on the victim.

A second witness, a medical officer from the hospital, said no injuries or bruises were found on the victim.

Dr Kate Lynn Ignatius, who is attached to the emergency and trauma department, said no visible injuries were found on the victim when the external examination was conducted on July 8,2019, a day after the alleged incident.

She said a urine test to determine if the victim was pregnant was also held but the test showed a negative result.

“After the examination, I referred her to see an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist due to her claims of being raped by her employer, ” she said.

Based on her experience in examining rape victims, deputy public prosecutor Datuk Jamil Aripin asked Dr Kate whether all such victims would sustain injuries or bruises.

She replied: “Not necessarily.”

When cross-examined by counsel Datuk Rajpal Singh, he asked her if the victim told her that she was forcefully raped, there should be some kind of injuries on the victim.

“Not necessarily, as some injuries may appear after 24 hours, ” she said.

Yong’s former official driver from the Perak State Secretariat, Mohd Ali Ahmad, when testifying, said on July 8,2019, he went to Yong’s house at 8am and saw his maid sweeping the porch.

Mohd Ali said he went there to take Yong to an official function.

“While washing the car and waiting for him to come out, the maid asked me if I could send her to the Indonesian embassy.

“I told her could not, as I am working, and did not ask her why she needed to go to the embassy, ” said the 51-year-old.

The trial continues today.

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