By Rita Jong
SHAH ALAM - Murder accused Mohd Fazli Azri Jamil had slammed a car door on a toddler as she was getting out of the vehicle. Witness Muhammad Sanusi told the High Court yesterday that he saw Fazli, a taxi driver, slamming the door after the toddler refused to get out of from the accused's taxi.
"When Abang Mat (referring to Fazli) arrived at a football field in his taxi, he got down from the car," he said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Hanim Mohd Rashid yesterday.
"I saw two toddlers with him."
Muhammad, however, could not identify the toddlers, but said they looked like two boys.
"Abang Mat told the older child to get down from the car, but the child refused.
"Then I saw Abang Mat forcing the child to get out and as she was getting out, he slammed the car door, hitting the toddler."
Muhammad was testifying at the trial of Fazli, 28, who is charged with murdering Syafiah Humaira Sahari, 3, at a football field in Jalan Utama, Kawasan Rumah Murah, in Batu 30, Ulu Yam Lama, Batang Kali, at 6.30pm on Feb 25.
Syafiah was the daughter of Fazli's lover, Siti Nuhanim Aziz, 25. Nurhanim is married to a former police officer, Sahari Usul. They have two children.
Sahari is currently detained in Sungai Buloh Prison over a murder case.
Fazli and Nurhanim also have an 18-month-old son.
Yesterday, Muhammad, a Form Three student, said after the older child got down from the car and was at the field, he saw Fazli kick the child on her back.
"The older child refused to play with the younger one, making him cry," he said, adding that he knew the younger boy (Fazli's son) as "Ami".
"Abang Mat, who was wearing football boots, kicked the older child, causing her to fly backwards."
Muhammad said he was at the field that evening on Feb 25 when he saw the alleged incident.
Two other witnesses, who were at the field at the time, also testified that they saw Fazli kicking the child.
Muhammad Faleeq Hakimi Zazali, 16, said when Fazli and the two children were at the field, Fazli was playing ball with them. The two children, he said, were a boy and a girl.
"He (Fazli) was playing ball with the little girl when the girl tossed the ball back at Abang Mat.
"Abang Mat then shouted at the girl, 'don't you have legs to kick the ball'?"
Fazli, he said, kicked the ball back at the girl only to have the girl grab and hug it.
"Abang Mat then kicked the ball as the girl was holding the ball, causing her to fall. He told the girl to get up but she didn't.
"Abang Mat then pulled her up and flung her outside the field."
Faleeq said he then saw Fazli kick the girl on her left shoulder and stomp on her stomach.
The witness said he went up to the child, but Fazli yelled at him: "You better not interfere or I will kick you, too."
Muhammad Nur Afiq Othman, 15, another witness, testified that he heard Fazli scolding the girl and telling her to look after her younger brother.
"He yelled at her saying, 'Pia (referring to Syafiah), you better look after him, if not I will kick you'.
"Next thing I saw, the girl was lying down on the ground and Abang Mat was stomping on her."
Nur Afiq, however, said he did not do anything as he was afraid.
He then saw a 19-year-old boy, Ahmad Fikrihalis Zakaria, carrying the girl to a car parked near the field.
The witness then ran up to them, taking the girl's slippers.
"I helped Halis (Ahmad Fikrihalis) open the car door," said Nur Afiq, adding that as he was doing that, he heard the girl saying she was in pain.
The girl, he said, was weak and he saw bluish marks on her left ribs.
Hearing continues before judge Datuk Mohtarudin Baki today.
Deputy public prosecutors Idham Abd Ghani and Zureen Elina Mohd Dom also prosecuted while Fazli is represented by counsel Gurbachan Singh.
-New Straits Times