KUALA LUMPUR: An Indonesian resident at the apartment where Dutch model Ivana Smit was found dead last year today told the inquest into her death how he had found her body on his balcony after returning from work.
Suparman, 41, said he left for work at about 9am on Dec 7.
“When I returned home at 2pm, I saw there was a bright light shining through my apartment. I realised then that my balcony roof had collapsed.
“I don’t know when it collapsed,” he said, adding that he spoke to his building’s management about the damage when he first noticed it from outside.
Suparman said when he entered his apartment, he realised that someone had in fact fallen through his balcony roof.
“There was a body there. She was not moving,” he said through a court interpreter at the Kuala Lumpur Coroner’s Court. He added that the body was that of Smit.
Smit’s body was found on the balcony of an apartment on the sixth floor of CapSquare Residences on Dec 7 last year.
She was said to have been staying at the home of an American businessman and his Kazakh wife on the 20th floor of the building.
The trio went out for drinks in Bangsar the night before, returning to the apartment in the early hours of Dec 7.
Smit is believed to have fallen off the balcony at around 10am that day.
The duo have maintained their innocence.
Police originally classified the case as sudden death, but it was reopened by Dang Wangi police following claims of foul play by Smit’s family.
Today is the first day of the inquest into Smit’s death.
Suparman was the third witness to testify after two police photographers.
The inquest continues on Friday.
Smit moved to Malaysia when she was three and lived for 13 years in Penang with her grandparents.
She was the second runner-up in the Malaysia Supermodel Search 2014, which she took part in when she was just 15 years old.
Her body was kept at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary for 21 days before it was repatriated to the Netherlands.