The Founder of Rumah Bonda, Siti Bainun Ahd. Razali arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex for the abuse and neglect case of Bella, the 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 JUNE 2022.
The Founder of Rumah Bonda, Siti Bainun Ahd. Razali arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex for the abuse and neglect case of Bella, the 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 JUNE 2022.Pengasas Rumah Bonda, Siti Bainun Ahd. Razali hadir ke mahkamah bagi perbicaraan kes mengabai dan menganiaya remaja perempuan sindrom Down berusia 13 tahun yang dikenali sebagai Bella di Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur. Foto AFFAN FAUZI, 16 JUN 2022.

By Khairulanuar Yahaya

KUALA LUMPUR – The defence team of the Rumah Bonda Founder, Siti Bainun Ahd Razali used the ‘KL London New York’ WhatsApp Group Chat to prove that the eight prosecution witness, Suhana Zam, 40 told 16 lies in her testimony.

According to Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor, among the lies Suhana told was claiming that she slept for two nights at Siti Bainun’s condominium and saw Bella standing by the wall.

Nur A’minahtul Mardiah said, in Suhana’s testimony, she said that she had a slept over at Siti Bainun’s house after celebrating the birthday of their friend, Haiza. However, her WhatsApp conversation proved otherwise.

Lawyer: The fact is, you only slept for one night. Agree?

Witness: I don’t remember.

Lawyer: You left Siti Bainun’s condo at about 5.00 pm on 13 February 2021. Agree?

Witness: I don’t remember.

Then, Nur A’minahtul Mardiah handed the WhatsApp group chat printout to the court to see the timeline of the eight witness going to and left Siti Bainun’s house.

Lawyer: The chat on the same page, at 6.27 pm, you arrived at Siti Bainun’s house. You reached in the evening. Then, on 13th you went home. At 5.39 pm, you said that you forgot to wash the jar. You went home and texted to tell them that you forgot to wash the jar. Correct?

Witness: Correct.

Lawyer: So, the incident happened until the 12th. You went home on the 13th. Agree?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer: So, testimony about the two nights are fake and it’s your second lie in the court. Agree?

Witness: Don’t agree.

Lawyer: I suggest to you that your story about sleeping at the condo for two nights, seeing Bella being forced to stand on the second night is a false testimony because you only slept there for one night. Agree?

Witness: Don’t agree.

The ‘KL London New York’ WhatsApp group comprises of the Siti Bainun, Suhana and Haiza’s telephone numbers. Besides that, the WhatsApp group chat also showed Haiza’s happy reaction to the shell out dining at the condominium.

In her testimony earlier, the witness said that Haiza did not want to join the event which also served king crab because she couldn’t bear to see the injuries on Bella.

Lawyer: I am going to my first suggestion on the second page, when Siti Bainun asked to come today, you, at 5.28 pm said that you have something to do, correct?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer: On the third page, Haiza, who couldn’t bear to see Bella getting hurt, answered at 5.31 pm on 12 June 2021, tomorrow, Sunday, correct?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer Haiza, the person whom you said could not bear to see Bella just now, requested for the event to be done the following day. Page four. Correct?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer: I refer to page 11 and 12. Haiza, who could not bear to see Bella sent a picture of food, stating that she will bring two cartons of those. In the conversation, it said, we eat shellout tomorrow, correct?

Witness: Correct.

Lawyer: And Haiza said, ‘Yay, alright’. Correct?

Witness: Correct.

Lawyer: The story about Haiza, who was unwilling to see the Bella’s state, through this WhatsApp conversation, is your 14th lie. Agree?

Witness: No.

In the cross-examination, Nur A’minahtul Mardiah also alleged that Suhana and Haiza did not sleep in the condominium because the following day was Monday and they need to work, however, the eight witness did not agree.

The lawyer also alleged that the witness lied when she said that Siti Bainun instructed a resident to help Bella button up properly during the Hari Raya celebration to hide her wounds.

The court was then shown a video of the celebration, where Bella’s shirt was not buttoned neatly as alleged in Suhana’s testimony.

The trial carries on before Sessions Court Judge Izralizam Sanusi. – MalaysiaGazette

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