Court okays death cert for missing man

The family of Lim Chin Aik at the Coroner's Court in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN - The family of economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik can now apply for his death certificate - in an unprecedented case where no body was found at the scene where a death took place.

The Coroner's Court here identified the deceased as Lim and ruled that the accident was due to a misadventure.

Coroner Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim, in his decision, held that the deceased was identified as Lim Chin Aik, 44, and he had died between 6.45pm and 6.50pm on June 13 from a misadventure stemming from the fall of the lightning arrestor on his car in Jalan Macalister.

He stated that the death certificate would be issued by the relevant authority to the family.

Lim's wife Lee Chai Song, 48, could not hold back tears after the verdict was delivered.

Khairul Anuar said it was an unprecedented case as there was no body found but the court was satisfied with the testimonies given by witnesses including family members and police officers.

The inquest, which began on Sept 2, was held to certify Lim's death as his body was not found although parts of the wreckage of his car were dug up.

Outside the courtroom, Lee said that she would like to thank all involved throughout the inquest proceedings and that it enabled the family to obtain his death certificate.

Lorry driver Jahir Hussain Sulaiman, 46, from Devakottai, India, was killed while Lim, who was in his Honda car, was believed to have been crushed by the impact of the fallen structure.