Car used in high-profile kidnapping case belongs to accused, Malaysian High Court told

Car used in high-profile kidnapping case belongs to accused, Malaysian High Court told

KUALA LUMPUR - The car believed to have been used in a high-profile kidnapping case involving a child was purchased by one of the accused, the High Court heard.

Clerk Ho Mun Hee, 27, told the court here that she purchased the car - a Proton Gen2 - with her then-boyfriend Chong Tat Siong.

Chong, 23, a self-employed man, together with handphone seller Foong Khar Fai, 19, and unemployed Lee Phak Seng, 23, are accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old boy in Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara, on April 27 last year, with the intent to get a RM300,000 (S$118,000) ransom.

Ho said she met Chong while they were both working as handphone sellers at the Kotaraya shopping mall in the city and later married in 2006.

"When we were dating, we both did not have cars. So, we agreed to buy one.

"The car, a black Gen 2, was registered under my name when we bought it," she said.

During the examination-in-chief by DPP Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman, Ho said Chong used the car most of the time as he had to travel more.

On Monday, Inspector Zaffrul Asraff Mohd Puzi testified that when he checked the car, which was found in the Ban Loong Car Spray and Mudguard Works in Jalan Seri Desa 2, Chemor, Perak, he found evidence that the car was in the process of being painted over.

He said his team found a phy­sics school book with the kidnapped victim's name written on it in the car's backseat.

Under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961, the three face the death penalty, or life imprisonment and possibly whipping if spared the death penalty.

On Oct 22, the High Court issued reporters an order not to reveal the underage victim or his family's names, pictures or other details that could identify them.

The prosecution has applied for the gag order as per Section 14 of the Evidence of Child Witness Act 2007 to protect the identity of the witness.

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