More credence to family’s allegation that her death was no accident.
- Victim looked tipsy in CCTV footage
- Bruises on victim indicated struggle before fall
- Lack of blood at scene of fall suggests victim was dead before fall
- Police dismiss claims of cover-up
New closed circuit television (CCTV) footage has allegedly surfaced showing Dutch teen model Ivana Smit being carried by an American man out of a posh club just hours before her death, according to a lawyer.
Dutch online newspaper, the NL Times reported that lawyer Sebas Diekstra, who is helping Smit’s family to find out the cause of her death on Dec 7 last year uploaded a screenshot of the alleged CCTV footage on his Twitter account.
According to the time-stamp on the video, the footage was recorded on Dec 7 at 5.22am.
“New surveillance camera footage surfaced showing Ivana Smit in a club in Malaysia just hours before her death. The footage shows American Alexander Johnson carrying the 18-year-old Dutch model out of the club,” said the report.
Smit’s naked body was found on Dec 7 at the 36-storey Capsquare Residences on Jalan Dang Wangi, where she was believed to have fallen from the 20th floor.
She reportedly had followed 45-year-old Johnson, a wealthy “crypto-currency trader” and his Indonesian wife Lunara Almazkyzy, 30, back to their 20th-floor apartment after a night of drinking and partying with them.
The husband and wife were charged with drug abuse on Dec 11 and released the following week on bail.
The report added that the CCTV footage was found by a private detective, and is likely to strengthen the Smit family’s belief that her death was no accident.
According to FMT, a family spokesman said Smit looked tipsy in the video and seemed to be flirting with the Caucasian man, while his wife trailed them from behind “appearing to be okay”.
Earlier this week, a UK ex-cop and top private investigator hired by the Smits to investigate her death said the case should be classified as murder and suggested a cover-up by local authorities.
“I have no doubt. From the evidence that I have gathered this week and other information we have through forensics, we can clearly say…in the UK this would be treated as a murder investigation,” Mark Williams-Thomas said in the telephone interview broadcast on Belgium’s TV Limburg.
Dutch pathologist Dr Frank van der Goot who conducted Smit’s second post-mortem had said he found bruises on her arms which he said were likely inflicted before her fall.
In his initial findings, he said the bruises on Smit’s upper arms indicated that a struggle had likely taken place before she plunged to her death.
“We have also found drugs that might have been consumed long before her death,” he had told FMT.
He said cocaine and traces of the para-Methoxymethamphetamine (pMMA) drug were found in Smit’s system.
“The combination of pMMA with cocaine could be lethal,” van de Goot added.
International media outlets had reported van de Goot saying that the lack of blood at the scene of the fall suggests Smit was dead before she fell.
Malaysian police have interviewed nearly 50 people, but the case is still considered sudden death.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim dismissed claims of a cover-up as the CCTV footage of Smit’s final hours emerged.
Police say all aspects connected with Smit’s death have been scrutinised, including the footage of the Dutch model being carried by a Caucasian man in an exclusive nightclub in Kuala Lumpur.