The High Court was told today that three fire origins were detected at Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan’s home, which was damaged by fire about two years ago.
Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department director (Fire Safety) Edwin Galan Teruki, who is the 20th prosecution witness, said based on the investigation, the fire origins were on Nazrin’s head, the right side of the mattress he was sleeping on, and the headboard of his bed.
“At the first fire origin, firefighters found mass loss of material on the fabric and a trace of soot on the victim’s head and floor. In the second fire origin, mass loss of material was found on the right side of the mattress indicating it was exposed to a very strong fire.
“While at the third cause of the fire at the head of the bed, a deep soot effect of 0.7 millimetres was found, compared to 0.3 mm that was found in other areas,” he said when reading out his witness statement before judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman today.
Edwin said that analysis of fire samples also found the effects of flammable liquid such as petrol.
In fact, scanning was conducted on a Blackberry handphone claimed to be the cause of the fire, and it was found that the structure was not damaged, but only a slight loss of material of the telephone casing was observed.
He said based on the findings of the investigation and discussions with investigating officer at the Fire and Rescue Department Abdul Halim Zulkefeli and several other officials, they agreed that the fire was deliberate.
Following which, he said, further investigations were conducted, during which several analyses were made, and included the reconstruction of the fire and interviews of witnesses.
A report on the investigation was submitted to the Petaling Jaya district police chief, he added.
On March 12 last year, Samirah Muzaffar, 45, who is 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.
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 law, and face the mandatory death sentence if found guilty.
The hearing continues on May 22.