KUALA LUMPUR: Four of the six Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) students accused of murdering and abetting to murder cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain told a doctor that the scald and burn marks on his body were due to explosions during training at the army camp.
Medical officer at Klinik As-Salam in Bandar Baru Bangi, Dr Azfar Hussin, 34, said he was told about this when Zulfarhan was brought to the clinic by four friends between noon and 1pm on May 27, 2017, five days before Zulfarhan died on June 1, 2017.
He said Zulfarhan was wearing a maroon long-sleeved batik shirt and a sarong, which was quite dirty, when he was brought to the clinic for medical treatment for his burns.
The group said they were army trainees at the Port Dickson camp in Negeri Sembilan.
“When I looked at the case, I said it needed medical treatment at a hospital as the As-salam Clinic was just an ordinary clinic.
“But the patient asked me to perform a dressing. I said I would take him to the Serdang Hospital which was nearby, but he and his friends pleaded for basic treatment, which would enable him to move easily.
“I also asked how the injury happened and the patient’s friend said it was caused by an explosion during training in Port Dickson and they had got treatment at a clinic there.”
He said at that time, the patient was sitting on a bed, surrounded by his friends and part of his shirt was open in front.
Azfar, who was the seventh prosecution witness, was testifying during the examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Othman Abdullah on the second day of the murder and abetting to murder trial today.
Azfar, who is also the owner of the clinic, said he asked why the patient did not continue to seek treatment in Port Dickson because it was far from Bangi.
Zulfarhan, who was then in stable condition, told him it was to keep his reputation as an army trainee.
“I asked if the supervisor at the camp knew about the bombing and one of his friends said it happened during training and no supervisor knew about it.”
He said Zulfarhan also said the incident happened about five or six days before he went to the clinic.
Azfar said after giving the patient a dressing for his whole body, and bandaging the top half of his body, he asked Zulfarhan if he needed to call for an ambulance.
His friends said there was no need as they had their own vehicle.
“I asked the patient if his family knew of the injuries as I wanted to contact them.
“He said: ‘Doctor, don’t call my family in Johor because my mother is not well.’”
The doctor said he then did not contact the victim’s family but wrote a referral letter to a hospital.
Replying to a question from Othman on why he wrote the referral letter to the hospital, he said Zulfarhan had suffered scalding in more than 10% of his body, including the scrotum.
Zulfarhan needed medical treatment in a hospital as the injuries were serious, he added.
Replying to a question on who were the four friends who accompanied Zulfarhan to the clinic, and if they were in court, Azfar turned to the dock and identified Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, Muhammad Azamuddin Mad Sofi, Muhammad Afif Najmudin Azahat and Abdoul Hakeem Mohd Ali.
Earlier, the sixth prosecution witness, the forensic specialist at Serdang Hospital, Dr Salmah Arshad, 37, said the post-mortem conducted on Zulfarhan found 90 scald marks on his body, including two on the buttocks and penis.
She said the scald marks, which were of stage one, stage two and stage three categories were found from his neck to his feet, including the shoulders, arms, chest, stomach, ribs, shoulder blade, thighs and ankles.
Salmah, who had been a forensic specialist since 2016, had conducted the post-mortem on Zulfarhan.
She said there were bruise marks on his eyelids and scratches on his eyebrows.
Replying to a question on what could have caused the burn marks, Salmah said it was a hot object with a specific shape, such as a steam iron.
The case continues before Judge Azman Abdullah on March 28.