Defence in murder of woman jogger attacks cop's credibility

ALOR SETAR: A senior police officer who was the recording officer in the murder case of female jogger Chee Gaik Yap, is not a reliable witness and had lied to the court, a High Court here heard.

Defence counsel Shamsul Sulaiman submitted that ASP Zainal Omar Mahamud, 55, had proven that he was not a reliable witness by avoiding questions with answers such as "I don't know", "I'm not sure" and "I can't remember".

"He (ASP Zainal) had also testified that he did not know or had never come in contact with Datuk Jaafar Jamaludin, although he had invited Jaafar to his house for a kenduri tahlil," Shamsul said.

He said that ASP Zainal, when cross-examined by DPP Salim Soib, had said that it was his (Zainal's) wife who had invited Jaafar.

Shamsul was making his submissions yesterday at the end of the impeachment proceedings against Jaafar, 69, over discrepancies between his (Jaafar) statement and his testimony in defence of his son, businessman Shahril Jaafar, who is on trial for the murder of marketing executive Chee, 25.

Shahril, 33, was alleged to have murdered Chee near the Cinta Sayang Club in Taman Ria Jaya, Sungai Petani, between Jan 14 and Jan 15, 2006.

Chee, a Universiti Utara Malaysia graduate, was raped and her body dumped at the housing estate after she was abducted while jogging in the neighbourhood.

Shamsul submitted that Jaafar was not allowed to read his cautioned statement before he was asked to sign the four-page statement.

"ASP Zainal had read out the statement from the computer monitor and certain contents of the statement were given a 'skip-over'.

"Only part of the statement was read out to Jaafar, who was also not given a copy of the statement," he said.

Salim in his submissions, said ASP Zainal had recorded the cautioned statement by Jaafar under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

"Jaafar had initialled on every page of the statement and he was also allowed to read the statement he had given to the police before signing at the bottom.

"ASP Zainal had followed all the procedures in accordance with Section 112 of the CPC," Salim said.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab said he has fixed today to decide on the impeachment proceedings.