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CSI analyst tells court of bloodstains in toilet

Bloodstains found in toilet where Indonesian maid Muntik Bani was found locked at. -NST

Fri, Jan 29, 2010
New Straits Times

SHAH ALAM: A witness told the High Court yesterday that traces of blood were found in the toilet of a house in Taman Sentosa where Indonesian maid Muntik Bani was said to have been confined. Assistant Superintendent Zainol Hisham Abu, a crime scene investigation analyst, said there were bloodstains at the toilet's water trap, in between the floor tiles, around the toilet bowl and the door frame.

Zainol said he was instructed to examine the house in Taman Sentosa, Klang by the investigating officer on Oct 26 last year.

"He told me the case was about a maid who was abused to death," Zainol said.

When he arrived at the house, it was in a mess. He then inspected the toilet where Muntik was found earlier.

Using forensic methods such as the "Hemocult Sensa" and "Lightning Luminol", the presence of blood was found in several areas of the toilet.

Zainol also seized several items from the house, including a mop, a drum stick, a bracelet and a clump of hair found in a waste paper basket.

Zainol, 39, was testifying in the trial of night market trader A. Murugan, 36, who is charged with murdering Muntik, 36, at house No. 11, Jalan Datuk Yusof Shahbudin 6, Taman Sentosa in Klang between Oct 18 and 20, last year.

Muntik was found locked in the toilet of the house on Oct 20. She was rescued by the police and then sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital. She died six days later.

He said he was also instructed to carry out examination at the house of Muntik's former employer, Puah Hooi Sueew at No. 2, Jalan Datuk Yusof Shahbudin 5 in Taman Sentosa on Oct 28.

"That house was neat. I tested several gardening tools for traces of blood but it was negative," he said.

Zainol added that he also seized several exhibits from Puah's house, including a bed sheet and a pillow case.

The items were then handed to senior investigating officer ASP Ahmad Tarmudi.

Deputy public prosecutors Idham Abd Ghani, Dusuki Mokhtar and Siti Fatimah Yahya prosecuted while counsel V. Rajehgopal represented Murugan.

Counsel T. Vijayandran is holding a watching brief for the Indonesian government.

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