Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Defence Claims Former Driver’s Statements Confusing

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The defence in the murder trial of Cradle Fund Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan told the High Court yesterday that the 28th prosecution witness had been influenced by various theories while testifying.

Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah when cross-examining Nazrin’s former personal driver, Muhammad Nabil Faqih, 28, said the claim that Nazrin’s death was caused by a mobile phone explosion was only mentioned after the first autopsy was completed.

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“You (Muhammad Nabil) told the court, when you arrived at the scene at about 2 pm, the deceased’s (Nazrin) stepson told you that Nazrin’s death was due to a mobile phone explosion. Are you aware that this theory only came about after the autopsy?” Muhammad Shafee asked before Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Muhammad Shafee added that the defence is of the view that Muhammad Nabil had got several matters mixed up with regards to what had happened at Nazrin’s house and what he had read on social media  especially through ‘Justice for Nazrin’ and ‘Memories of my Beloved brother of the late Ying-Nazrin’, on Facebook.

Muhammad Nabil, however, dismissed this and insisted that it was Nazrin’s stepson who had told him that the fire and fragments that had hit the victim were due to a mobile phone explosion.

Muhammad Shafee in cross-examining also questioned the time Muhammad Nabil was present at Nazrin’s house on the day of the incident.

Earlier in his testimony Muhammad Nabil said he arrived at Nazrin’s house in Mutiara Damansara between 1.30pm and 2pm and had stood at the door of the burnt down room but did not get to see Nazrin’s body as the remains had been taken to the hospital.

Muhammad Shafee said based on reports by the fire department and the police, Nazrin’s body was only taken out of the house and sent to the hospital at about 4pm.

On March 12, 2019, Nazrin’s wife Samirah Muzaffar, 45, a former senior executive at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation and two teenagers, aged 17 and 14, along with an Indonesian national, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, were charged with Nazrin’s murder.

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

The trial continues on Oct 2.


Earlier reports:

Jul 24, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Petrol Can Found at Victim’s House

July 14, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Defence Disagrees with Analysis by JBPM

Jul 13, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Samirah Never Claimed Life Insurance Following Nazrin’s Death

Jul 9, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin’s Body Had Heat-Induced Marks

Jul 9: Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin Suspected Ex-Wife Involved in Burglary at His House

Jul 6, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Wife Did Not Deem It Necessary to Inform Family Regarding Nazrin’s Death

Jul 3, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin’s Sister Disagrees Siblings Were Not Close

Jun 29, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Evidence Room Used Only for Nazrin Case Exhibits

Jun 26, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: No SOP, No Records Made at Temporary Evidence Room

Jun 12, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Death Cert Details Prompted Request for Exhumation

Jun 9, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Hole in CEO’s Head Aroused Sister’s Suspicions

May 22, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Blackberry Phone Did Not Explode

May 15, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Three Fire Origins Detected at Burnt Home

Feb 15, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Sibling Aware of Death Threat Against Nazrin

Dec 31, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Widow Refused to Allow Insurance to Pay Deceased’s Debts

Dec 28, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Brother Gets Info on Post-Mortem from Health DG

Dec 27, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Blog Allegedly Penned by Nazrin About Brother

Dec 24, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Witness Never Heard of Fire from Exploding BlackBerry

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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

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