The Cradle Fund CEO murder trial…

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The High Court heard today that one of the two teenagers accused of murdering Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan had lodged a police report earlier claiming that the policemen investigating him had lied to him during questioning.

His lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the 14-year-old had made the report at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station on Sept 22, 2018.

Shafee read the report in court today to correct the teenager’s statement taken when he was remanded for a week from Sept 5 to Sept 12 last year.

“While under remand, I was questioned by many investigating officers (IO), between three to five police officers in a room. I was told to cooperate and that if I did so, I would be released earlier.

“IO Nizam said if everything goes smoothly, the police will prepare a guarantee for me to return home. After being released from remand, I realised the officer lied to me.

“I didn’t know the police can lie to children,” said Shafee while reading the police report before judge Abdul Karim Abdul Rahman today.

The suspect is the son of co-accused Samirah Muzaffar, Nazrin’s wife.

The duo, and another teen, are charged with Nazrin’s murder on June 14 last year at their house in Mutiara Damansara. Another suspect, Indonesian national, Eka Wahyu Lestari remains at large.

The report said the IO lied to the teen about his mother and persuaded him to confess that he had committed the crime.

“AFTER HE WAS RELEASED, HE REALISED THAT THE POLICE HAD LIED TO HIM. THE POLICE SAID BAD THINGS ABOUT HIS MOTHER, SAYING SHE WAS AN ARCHER SINCE SECONDARY SCHOOL AND THAT SHE WENT OUT TO BUY PETROL AT 6AM ON JUNE 14 LAST YEAR.

“POLICE ALSO SAID SHE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT HER SON,” SHAFEE TOLD THE COURT.

“The police lied and convinced me to confess that I had cut up my stepfather’s old ‘Hard Rock’ T-shirt, which I did not do, but had to confess as other people saw me do so,” said the report.

The teen said he was advised by his lawyer to make the correction and set the record straight, adding that he was also worried that his statement would be used falsely.

During the cross-examination of the prosecution witness, police officer Anestassia Chin Fat, Shafee questioned the way she had taken his client’s statement.

According to Shafee, a minor should be accompanied by an adult family member or relative during a police investigation.

Shafee: You agree children should be better protected by police. Did you or did you not inform the child that he can be accompanied by an adult before he gave his statement? It is something encouraged because he is so young.

Anestassia: I’m not sure.

Anestassia also informed the court that she had no knowledge of the police report lodged by the teen against the IO.

Asked by deputy public prosecutor Raya Salim Soib @ Hamid why no adult was asked to accompany the child when his statement was taken, Anestassia said he did not show signs that he was under stress.

“To me, if a child can give a consistent statement, their parents’ presence is not necessary,” she said.

When re-examined by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Asnawi Abu Hanipah, Anestassia said the boy was not urged to confess and that he was able to communicate with her in Bahasa Malaysia when she questioned him last year.

“ALTHOUGH HE WAS FLUENT IN ENGLISH, HE WAS ABLE TO SPEAK TO ME AND REPLY MY QUESTIONS IN MALAY. HE WAS NOT UNDER STRESS AND I CAN REMEMBER HE WAS RELAXED. HE ALSO DID NOT COMPLAIN TO ME ABOUT BEING COAXED TO COOPERATE,” SAID ANESTASSIA.

Asnawi then asked Anestassia why she had filed the case as a sudden death report (SDR) on the day of the incident.

She replied she came to that conclusion because no sign of crime was found at the scene and the firefighters could not yet determine the cause of the fire.

“There was no break-in, so there was no criminal element. Firefighters could not specifically tell me what had caused the fire.

“Therefore, I classified the case as SDR,” Anestassia said.


Earlier reports:

Oct 2, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Fireman Says Widow Didn’t Seem Sad at His Death

Sept 28, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Cop Saw Head and Face Injuries on Deceased

Sept 20, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Public Entered House After Fire

Sept 20, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Cop Who Received Call on Fire, Photographer Testify

Sept 13, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Guard Tried to Break Down Bedroom Door

Sept 6, Prosecution to Prove Widow. Stepsons Killed Cradle Fund CEO

Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Samirah’s Son Filed Police Report of Cops Lying to Him

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SHAH ALAM: The High Court here was told that several items in Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan’s room were missing after the fire broke out there last year.

Lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing Nazrin’s wife Samirah Muzaffar and two boys accused of murdering the CEO, highlighted to fireman Mohamad Afzan Majid about a Tissot watch and foreign currencies that were nowhere to be found in the room after the June 14, 2018 fire.

To that, Afzan said he did not know about the missing items.

Shafee also showed several pictures taken by a Fire and Rescue Department officer and pictures taken by police on a handphone placed at the bedside’s table. The lawyer asked if Afzan noticed that the handphone was not seen in the police pictures.

Afzan said he agreed with the lawyer’s suggestion.

The fireman also said that house-owners and the occupants must leave the scene when a fire breaks out.

“I do not know whether there were orders from police or by my colleagues to tell the house-owner and other individuals to leave the house,” Afzan said, when questioned by Shafee about Samirah, two women and a teenager at the kitchen area.

Afzan had said that he saw two women and a baby near Samirah’s kitchen table as well as a teenage boy coming out from a room near the kitchen.

Another witness, police officer Nor Azura Sulaiman, testified that she received a call from security guard Raju Kumar Pandit on June 14 afternoon about a fire that had broken out at Nazrin’s house.

“The situation was chaotic and very noisy at the other end. I only took down Raju’s name and contact number and transferred the call to the Petaling Jaya district’s command centre,” she added.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman on Oct 3.

Another murder suspect, an Indonesian woman, Eka Wahyu Lestari, is still at large.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/10/02/watch-money-missing-after-fire-cradle-fund-ceos-murder-trial-told/

A fireman told the Shah Alam High Court hearing the murder case of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan that his widow behaved “casually” despite knowing her husband was trapped in a bedroom that was on fire.

Mohamad Afzan Majid from the Damansara fire and rescue station, said Samirah Muzaffar did not seem sad when he and his colleagues arrived at the couple’s Mutiara Damansara home on June 14, 2018.

Afzan said Samirah did not exhibit any signs of grief as expected of someone whose husband was trapped in a burning house.

“She waved at us when we arrived in the fire truck. Three of us approached her, where she told us she was the house owner and that her husband was trapped in the bedroom that was on fire,” Afzan told deputy public prosecutor Ashyraf Ashy’ari Kamaruzaman.
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Afzan said in his 22 years as a fireman, he had never seen relatives of victims who were as composed as Samirah.

He said he has extinguished over 500 fires to date and recalled that Samirah’s behaviour was inconsistent with that of a homeowner whose property was burning down and with lives at stake.

“Throughout my experience in putting out fires, the homeowner will immediately leave the premises and wait for us outside.

“USUALLY, HOMEOWNERS WILL CRY AND WAIL WITH GRIEF WHEN IT INVOLVES VICTIMS THAT WERE BURNT TO DEATH.

“THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE,” HE TOLD THE COURT.

He said upon arrival at Nazrin’s double-storey semi-detached house, he and two other firemen rushed up to the bedroom to put out the fire.

“The victim’s wife also followed us to the room upstairs. I tried to stop her from storming into the room because it was dangerous,” he said.

He said his colleague later informed him that there was a charred body in the room.

“The woman begged us to let her into the room so she could see her husband. My colleague and I agreed.

“When we entered the room, I saw the charred remains of a man clad in underwear. The woman kneeled beside her husband and only kept quiet,” Afzan said, adding that Samirah spent about five minutes beside her husband’s body.

According to Afzan, Samirah stood about two feet from the corpse and inspected her husband’s head for about five minutes before he asked her to head downstairs.
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Afzan said that he then brought Samirah downstairs where she went straight to the kitchen to make milk for her toddler son.

Afzan also said that the fire was extinguished within two minutes as the flames were not big.

Asked by defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah if the fireman was too busy to see Samirah’s expression, Afzan agreed that this could be possible.

“One thing for sure, she did not care about her safety and insisted to go into the room to see her husband?” Shafee asked, to which Afzan replied “Yes”.

Meanwhile, the High Court was told that several items in Nazrin’s room were missing after the fire broke out there last year.

Shafee highlighted to Afzan about a Tissot watch and foreign currencies that were nowhere to be found in the room after the June 14, 2018 fire.

To that, Afzan said he did not know about the missing items.

Shafee also showed several pictures taken by a Fire and Rescue Department officer and pictures taken by police on a handphone placed at the bedside’s table. The lawyer asked if Afzan noticed that the handphone was not seen in the police pictures.

Afzan said he agreed with the lawyer’s suggestion.

The fireman also said that house-owners and the occupants must leave the scene when a fire breaks out.

“I do not know whether there were orders from police or by my colleagues to tell the house-owner and other individuals to leave the house,” Afzan said, when questioned by Shafee about Samirah, two women and a teenager at the kitchen area.

Afzan had said that he saw two women and a baby near Samirah’s kitchen table as well as a teenage boy coming out from a room near the kitchen.

Another witness, police officer Nor Azura Sulaiman, testified that she received a call from security guard Raju Kumar Pandit on June 14 afternoon about a fire that had broken out at Nazrin’s house.

“The situation was chaotic and very noisy on the other end. I only took down Raju’s name and contact number and transferred the call to the Petaling Jaya district’s command centre,” she added.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman on Oct 3.

Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Fireman Says Widow Didn’t Seem Sad at His Death

A security guard told the Shah Alam High Court that the late Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan’s wife had questioned him how members of the public could have entered the house right after a fire broke out there last year.

Shafee: Did Samirah then ask you why you let them in and who they are?

Raju: Yes, she did. But I calmed her down and gave her the details of these people who had come. I had their licence plate number and registration details.

Raju Kumar Pandit, a Nepalese, said he was aware that individuals, especially from Arsenal fan club, had entered the house and placed flowers there.

“They came to the guardhouse and asked permission if they could go into the No. 12A house,” he said through an interpreter, when questioned by Samirah Muzaffar’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah on pictures of flowers and Arsenal jerseys found inside Nazrin’s home.

Raju added he also sent Samirah pictures of those from the football fan club.

Samirah and two teenagers were accused of murdering Nazrin on June 14, 2018. Another suspect in the murder, Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari, is still at large.

Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Public Entered House After Fire

SHAH ALAM: A security officer told the High Court here that Samirah Muzaffar, the first accused in the murder of Cradle Fund chief executive Nazrin Hassan, was “hysterical” when he arrived at her house in June last year.

Nepali national Raju Kumar Pandit, 31, who is head of security at Mutiara Homes in Petaling Jaya said he was on patrol duty at about 12pm on June 14, when he received a distress call from the security post that a fire had broke out in the neighbourhood.

“Upon arrival at the house, I saw the owner, a female, standing outside the porch with the gate opened.

Raju Kumar, the fourth prosecution witness said he later identified her as Samirah.

“She looked scared and was crying. She kept saying, ‘my husband is in the room’,” he added.

Raju Kumar then rushed into the house and saw thick smokes coming out from a room on the first floor.

He said he had asked Samirah for the room key, but she said she did not have it.

“I then tried to break the door open but failed.

“Samirah’s neighbour then came and handed me a steel rod, but I only managed to break the door knob,” he added.

However, Raju Kumar said he finally managed to break the door open, and Samirah tried to rush inside (the room).

“I managed to stop her as the room was on fire. It (the room) was filled with smoke… I could not go inside.

“At that time, I heard her scream, but I was not sure why,” he added.

Samirah, 44, former senior executive at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and two teenagers aged 17 and 14, have been charged along with an Indonesian citizen, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still free, with Nazrin’s murder.

They were charged with committing the offence at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am on June 14, 2018.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which is read in conjunction with Section 34 of the same act, providing for mandatory death sentence if convicted.

The trial before judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman resumes next Friday.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2019/09/521202/witness-samirah-screamed-when-door-broken-down

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LIVE | #1MDBTrial 9.45am – Defence wants 3 days in October vacated for Cradle CEO murder trial

While Amhari goes searching for the MACC officer, Shafee requests Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah for three days of the 1MDB hearing to be vacated – Oct 1, 2, and 3.

He says he was asked by the Shah Alam High Court judge presiding in the murder case of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan (photo) to put in the request.

Shafee is representing Nazrin’s wife, Samirah Muzaffar, who along with her two teenage sons and Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari, is charged with the murder.

Hearings for the murder trial are currently only taking place on Fridays, as other days were vacated for the 1MDB hearing.

Sequerah says, however, that he will have to see the progress of the hearing first before making a decision, as October is still many days away.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/491295

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SHAH ALAM: A police photographer told the High Court here that a body later identified as that of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan had blood that was still not dry when he took pictures of it at a house in Mutiara Damansara.

Corporal Nazrin Zakaria, one of three witnesses to testify at Nazrin Hassan’s murder trial today, said he saw the body in the corner of a bed in a room at the house.

The photographer, who is attached to the Petaling Jaya police criminal investigation department, said he went to the house on June 14, 2018, about 3pm after being instructed by an investigating officer to do so.

Nazrin told the court of his observations at the scene, especially the room, where he spent about 30 minutes taking photographs.

“It was burnt. The walls were black due to the smoke, the air-conditioning unit and the mattress had been set on fire.

“There was a body at a corner of the bed,” he said during cross-examination by defence counsel L.S. Leonard during the trial held before Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Questioned by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah, Nazrin Zakaria said the blood was still wet and it was red but he was not sure whether it was flowing.

Asked if he had noticed something that was burnt on the body, Nazrin Zakaria said there was but was unsure what it was.

To another question, he said he did not notice if there had been any bloodstains on the walls as they were blackened by smoke.

Nazrin Zakaria said he had also taken pictures of three case exhibits — a Blackberry and Huawei handphones, as well as a door knob — at the Mutiara Damansara police station, which was only a short distance from the scene.

He said he had identified the brand of the handphones based on the labels put on a box by the Fire and Rescue Department.

Another prosecution witness, Corporal Jumardi Mursalim, told the court that he had gone to Nazrin Hassan’s house to take photographs after receiving a report of a break-in back in 2015.

He said the report was made at 12.59am on Oct 1, 2015 by Nazrin Hassan.

Jumardi said he was instructed by the investigating officer to take photographs of the inside and outside of the house.

Questioned by Shafee, Jumardi said he saw red lipstick scribblings on the wall and a blanket in the room.

Asked whether he remembered seeing women’s clothing and a man’s suit in the walk-in wardrobe that had been slashed, Jumardi replied in the negative.

Jumardi answered “yes” when asked by Shafee whether he saw a damaged laptop.

Shafee: Did you feel weird that when someone breaks in, there are scribbles on the wall, cloths were slashed and a laptop was broken?

Jumardi: True

Shafee: Maybe you would remember if the pillows were also slashed with something sharp?

Jumardi: Yes

Shafee: The lipstick scribblings were on the bed?

Jumardi: On the blanket.

Shafee: Any words?

Jumardi: No

Jumardi said he did not know the results of the 2015 case as it came under the investigating officer.

The trial resumes next Friday.

Nazrin Hassan’s wife, Samirah Muzaffar, and two boys aged 14 and 17 were charged with his murder. Also charged was Indonesian maid Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2019/09/519327/blood-cradle-fund-ceos-body-was-still-wet-says-police-photographer

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Cradle Fund CEO killed, fire was deliberately lit, says DPP

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On March 12, former senior executive of Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Samirah Muzaffar, 44, who is also the wife of Nazrin, 47, and her two teenage sons, aged 17 and 14 were charged with an Indonesian national, Eka Wahyu Lestari who is still at large with the murder of Nazrin.

They were charged with committing the offence at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am on June 14, 2018.

The charge was made under Section 302 of the Penal Code read with Section 34 of the same act which provides for the mandatory death sentence if found guilty.

The prosecution, headed by Selangor prosecution director Datuk Salim Soib@Hamid, is expected to call about 60 witnesses for the trial.

Samirah is represented by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah while the two teenagers were represented by Hisyam Teh Poh Teik.

– Bernama

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/490869

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