By Nizam Zain
SHAH ALAM – The prosecution team wanted to prove that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, Nazrin Hassan was murdered and not died in a fire on 14 June 2018.
Deputy Public Prosecutor, Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran told the High Court that Nazrin, 47, was murdered at the main room of his residence in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya before being burned to conceal the cause of his death.
According to Raja Rozela, the defence will prove that the CEO of Cradle Fund was murdered between 11.30 pm on 13 June 2018 and 4.00 am on 14 June 2018 at his main bedroom.
During the opening of Nazrin’s murder trial before Justice Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman at about 10.00 am this morning, Raja Rozela said that Nazrin lived with the first accused, Samirah Muzaffar, 44, and two accused teenagers along with two of his young children and an Indonesian maid named Eka Wahyu Lestari.
Raja Rozela also said that based on the second autopsy conducted at the request of the victim’s brother three months after the death of Nazrin, the victim was found to have died from multiple blunt impact to his head.
“The second autopsy was conducted on 8 October 2018 at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). Based on the post-mortem, the cause of death for the victim is due to multiple blunt impact to the head.
“The prosecution will also prove this through the testimonies of medical forensic experts that cause of death of the victim was due to the impact of blunt object on his head.
“The testimonies will also show that the victim did not die in the fire. The victim was dead before the fire and that fire was intentionally created to hide the real cause of death,” he said during the first day of trial involving the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Samirah, 44, and two teenage boys aged 17 and 14. Samirah is the wife of the victim.
An Indonesian maid, Eka Wahyu Lestari who is still at large is also being charged. She is believed to have murdered the man.
Raja Rozela said, the fire and rescue received a distress call on the fire at about 12.30 pm on 14 June 2018. The fire and rescue team found that the main bedroom of the two-storey house was on fire when they arrived at the scene.
After the fire was put out, the fire and rescue team found Nazrin’s body on the floor of the room.
He said, Nazrin’s body was then brought to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for post-mortem and it was found that he died from the complication of explosion and blunt stab.
The three accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Samirah arrived at the court with the two teenagers around 8.40 am. She was clad in brown baju kurung and black headscarf.
The 17-year-old teenager was wearing a black suit while the 14-year-old teenager was wearing a light blue shirt.
The prosecution team consisted of Deputy Public Prosecutors Mohd Asnawi Abu Hanipah, Ashyraf Ashyari, Noor Mawarni Halim and Wan Shahida Wan Omar while the defence was represented by Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah, L S Leonard, S Suresh, Rahmat Hazlan, Savreena Kaur, Mardhiyah Siraj and Zahriah Eleena Redza.
The trial was also being observed by lawyer representing the victim’s family, Zain Arif and Selvi Sandasegaran, who represented the government of Indonesia. -MalaysiaGazette