Mystery woman on CCTV

IPOH: A woman was seen leaving the Meru Desa Park guardhouse on foot a day after an alleged rape incident involving an assemblyman, the High Court here heard.

Close-circuit television footage was shown to witness A. Murugiah, who was testifying in the rape trial of Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong yesterday.

The footage revealed that the woman, who was seen holding something in her right hand, spoke to a guard shortly before walking out of the guard post at about 1pm on July 8, 2019.

Murugiah, who is the housing area’s residential maintenance supervisor, agreed with lead counsel Datuk Rajpal Singh that the guards on duty had not jotted down any detail in the logbook as the woman was leaving and opened the barrier almost immediately.

“By right, the guards must take down the details,” he said.

Asked the direction that the woman was heading, he said the road led out of the residential area towards the traffic lights.

Rajpal also asked why Murugiah stopped working at the end of the same month in 2019.

“I left the job on my own will as I was not satisfied with the management committee, and my job was too stressful,” he said.

Questioned by lawyer Salim Bashir on the number of CCTVs installed in the residential area, Murugiah said there were 24, adding however that not all of them were functioning.

“Is there any CCTV pointing to the road leading towards YB Paul’s house?” he said, referring to Yong, to which the witness replied “no”.

Murugiah also agreed with Salim that it would be difficult to know or see for sure who entered the house as no CCTV was pointed towards the house or the road leading to the house.

Another witness, who had driven Yong and his wife back from Kuala Lumpur to Desa Meru Park on July 7, 2019, said throughout the time that he was outside the house, he never saw Yong’s maid.

Lee Yeong Wai said they reached Meru Desa Park at about 8.30pm and he chatted with Yong outside his house before returning home.

“It took me about 20 minutes to reach my house. I reached home at about 9.20pm,” he added.

Lee agreed with Rajpal that during the time he was with Yong outside the house, Yong was still dressed in the same attire as the one he had on in Kuala Lumpur, which was a black T-shirt and long pants.

On Aug 23, 2019, Yong, from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, claimed trial at the Ipoh Sessions Court to raping his then 23-year-old maid.

The offence was allegedly committed in a room on the top floor of this house in Meru Desa Park between 8.15pm and 9.15pm on July 7 of that year.

The trial continues on Sept 27 and 28.

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