Tahfiz fire: Valves of two gas tanks punctured, court told

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KUALA LUMPUR: A senior fire officer told the High Court here today that the valves of two gas tanks that were found at the scene of a fire at a tahfiz school last year had been punctured.

Putrajaya Fire and Rescue Department director (Fire Safety Division) Edwin Galan Teruki said the punctured part of the valves was directed towards the door of the hostel at Pusat Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah.

“We found the valves opened. We also checked the weight of the gas tank and found it to be light, meaning there was no more gas left,” he said during the trial of two boys who are jointly charged with the murder of the 23 victims in the fire.

Othman Abdullah appeared for the prosecution.

When asked how he knew the valves were opened and damaged, Edwin, who is the 27th prosecution witness, said the valves could have been pricked with a certain object.

He also told the court that checks were also conducted on the electric wire near the fuse box at the hostel and confirmed that the fire was not due to faulty electric flow.

To a question by judge Azman Abdullah, who presided over the trial, Edwin said the gas tanks would explode if the valves were not opened.

During the previous proceeding, the court was told that two gas tanks were found at the scene of the fire, both in front of the hostel door.

The two boys, who were then aged 16, were jointly charged with the murder and causing the death of the 23 people at the Pusat Tahfiz Darul Ittifaqiyah in Jalan Keramat Hujung, Kampung Datuk Keramat, here, between 4.15am and 6.45am on Sept 14, 2017.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same law, and face the mandatory death sentence if convicted.

The hearing continues tomorrow.