Cradle Fund CEO killed, fire was deliberately lit, says DPP

A lawyer and family members shield the accused at the Shah Alam High Court.

SHAH ALAM: The prosecution in the murder trial of Cradle Fund chief executive Nazrin Hassan intends to prove that he died before he was found burnt in his room.

In her opening statement on the first day of the trial at Shah Alam High Court, deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran said Nazrin died due to complications of “blast and blunt penetrating injuries”.

“The prosecution will also prove through the medical experts from University Malaya Medical Centre and from the second post-mortem that he died of multiple blunt impact to head,” she told the court.

“Their testimonies will show that the deceased did not die due to the fire incident. The fire was deliberately lit to hide the real reasons of the death.”

The second post-mortem was carried out at the request of Nazrin’s brother.

Charged with the murder are Nazrin’s widow Samirah Muzaffar, 44, two teenage boys aged 17 and 14, as well as an Indonesian, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large.

They are accused of committing the offence at a house at Mutiara Homes between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am the following day.

The defence team is led by lawyers Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and LS Leonard,

Raja Rozela said the prosecution will also rely on Section 34 of the Penal Code, which states: “When a criminal act is done by several persons, in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for that act in the same manner as if the act were done by him alone.”

The defence will first question police photographers who went to the house after the Fire Department was alerted on June 14.