Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Fire Originated in Two Places

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Two handphones found in good condition near Nazrin’s body, no evidence of an explosion on the handphones.

  • If the victim was still alive, he could have come out of burning room safely
  • Multiple fires in room were triggered intentionally
  • Traces of petrol on victim’s head
  • Injuries on victim’s face and left shoulder, a hole in his head

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) fire investigations officer Abdul Halim Zulkefeli told the Shah Alam High Court today there were two places identified where fire had originated in the incident involving Cradle Fund chief executive officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan.

Abdul Halim, the 15th prosecution witness in the murder trial of Nazrin, said the two places, namely on the mattress as well as on Nazrin’s head, and they had nothing to do with each other.

“There were traces of burnt objects on the victim’s chest and on the head, but I could not determine what the objects were,” he said when replying to questions from Selangor prosecution director Datuk Salim Soib@Hamid before Justice Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Abdul Halim also told the court that during an examination on Nazrin’s body, he found no injuries and soot stains on the back of the victim’s body except two puncture marks and blood stains on his head.

“Therefore, I am of the opinion that before the fire incident occurred, Nazrin was already lying in the area where he was found (on the mattress) based on the absence of soot stains on his back.

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“I also found there was no signs of the victim trying to escape the fire as his body was found at the point of origin,” he said.

Abdul Halim said the investigation also found that the victim had not made any attempt to escape the fire based on the condition of the room during investigation.

This was because he said, based on his experience as a firefighter, fire victims would usually try to escape by hiding in the bathroom or closet and trying to get out using the door or the window.

“However, in this case, there was no signs found on the door, whether he was trying to break it from inside or trying to hide in the closet. If he (the victim) tried to break the door, we would have found the body near the door, not on the mattress,” he said.

Abdul Halim also told the court that victim could get help if he was conscious when the fire broke out.

“Looking at the nature and effects of the fire, the size of the room and the place where the fire originated, if the victim was still alive, he could have come out safely,” he said.

Yesterday, Selangor JBPM fire investigations officer Abdul Halim told the High Court that he was ordered to reconstruct the crime scene after the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) investigation laboratory found traces of petrol in samples sent for analysis.

The witness said the Blackberry handphone on the mattress and another Huawei handphone at the foot of the left bedpost were found to be in good condition.

“The observations and inspections by JBPM fire investigations division deputy director Edwin Galan Teruki revealed that the Blackberry was not shattered or curved. This shows that there was no evidence of an explosion on the handphone, and an X-ray done on the handphone also showed that its structure was in good condition.

“My inspection of the Huawei handphone also found it to be in good condition and there were no signs of an explosion,” he said.

Halim, said as a result of the findings, he was asked to reconstruct the room where Nazrin’s body was found.

“On September 19, 2018, together with police officer ASP Mohd Nizam, I went to the scene of the incident to ‘reconstruct’ the scene so as to identify the cause of the fire and how it started.

“Through this reconstruction process, I found that the fire was caused by an act of arson as the traces from the fire showed that it was triggered intentionally, this taking into account evidence of ‘multiple fires’ found on the right side of the mattress, both sides of the bed and the victim’s head. No traces of explosion were found on both the handphones found at the scene of the incident.

“There were traces of petrol on the victim’s head and the bed headboard, and there were also injuries on the victim’s face and left shoulder, and also a hole in his head,” he said.

On March 12, Samirah, 44, a former senior executive at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), and two teenagers, aged 17 and 14, were charged, along with Indonesian citizen, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, with Nazrin’s murder.

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They are alleged to have committed the offence at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am on June 14, 2018.

They are charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same Act.

The trial continues tomorrow.


Earlier reports:

Nov 29, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Another Witness Accused of Lying

Nov 15, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Heated Exchange Between Witness and Lawyer Shafee

Nov 8, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin’s Body Not Typical of Fire Victim

Oct 3, Fireman: Cradle Fund CEO Had Holes on Head, Fireworks Found in Victim’s Room

Oct 3, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Samirah’s Son Filed Police Report of Cops Lying to Him

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