Published on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: The exhibits on the murder case of a single mother in Keningau two years ago, which were kept in the store room at the Keningau police headquarters, were all destroyed in a fire early this year, the High Court heard Tuesday.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Lee Nyuk Kim, who is Keningau Crime Investigation Department Chief, told Judge Chew Soo Ho that the fire occurred on April 26 this year.
On trial is Ahmad Rizal Umar, 29, who is accused of murdering one Kartini Borhan, 27, between 4am and 5am on Sept 29, 2011 in a house at Taman Adika in Keningau.
He faces the death sentence if convicted under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
Lee informed the court that initially he was the investigating officer of the case before it was taken over by another officer, one ASP Aruna, as instructed by the State Crime Investigation Department Chief for the case to be taken over by an officer from another police headquarters.
Under examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ahmad Nazneen Zulkifli, Lee said the duty takeover was because Rizal, who he knew for three years and six months, was his subordinate officer.
According to Lee, at the early stage all the exhibits taken from the crime scene were kept in the exhibit store at Keningau police headquarters.
However, Lee said all the exhibits for the present case as well as exhibits of other cases were destroyed in a fire at the exhibit store on April 26.
Lee added that since the exhibit room was under his supervision, he lodged a report on June 17 regarding the destroyed exhibits as instructed from the Attorney General's chamber.
Meanwhile, another prosecution witness Razali Kayun of the Fire Investigation Department in the Fire and Rescue Headquarters here told the court that he and his team conducted an investigation on the fire at the said exhibit store room on April 27.
Razali said while collecting samples for analysis, he found out that the interior of the room was all destroyed.
A result from the lab on the samples taken revealed that the cause of fire was due to electrical arching said Razali.
Razali added that the cause of the fire was due to an accident and there was no element of sabotage.
DPP Ahmad Nazneen appeared together with DPP Syarifuddin Abdul Rasa, while Rizal was represented by counsel Ram Singh and YS Lo.
Trial will continue on Aug 29, 30 and Sept 6.