Foray murder trial: Defence closes its case

KUANTAN - The defence team of murder accused Asni Omar has closed its case in the Stephanie Foray murder trial with clarification fixed for June 11.

High Court judge Justice Mariana Yahya set May 27 and June 4 for the defence and the prosecution's submissions respectively.

She also said a date for judgment would be decided later.

During the proceedings on Friday, former Pahang CID chief Senior Asst Comm T. Narenasegaran told the court that he did not get involved in the investigations into Foray's disappearance until August 8, 2011.

SAC Narenasegaran said that he might have read news reports about the missing Frenchwoman before that but said it was only to stay informed as the case happened outside the jurisdiction of the Pahang police contingent.

When asked by defence counsel Datuk Ng See Teong as to why he did not take any action even though Tioman was in Rompin, which fell under the jurisdiction of the Pahang police contingent, SAC Narenasegaran said he only got involved if the case was serious.

"Tioman is a tourist destination with a lot of local and international visitors. When there is a report of a missing person, it will be investigated by the police station chief.

"I only get involved if it is a serious case because there is a hierarchy within the police force," he said.

SAC Narenasegaran went on to tell the court that he received a phone call from the Johor police on August 8, 2011, about a suspect being brought to Tioman to identify and recover a body.

He added that Rompin CID chief Asst Supt Mohd Razali Razak was then appointed by him to be the case's investigating officer but that he supervised the investigations after that.

Asni, 39, is charged with murdering Foray, 30, at an unnumbered house in Kampung Tekek, Pulau Tioman, between 8pm on May 10 and noon on May 12, 2011.

The defence team later recalled prosecution witness Nor Radiana Kasim, 13, to answer questions regarding a conversation she overheard.

Nor Radiana, who is Asni's niece, said she heard one As'ari Ariffin tell her late grandmother Sarimah Jafar not to be afraid as "the Caucasian woman is dead". She disagreed when Salim put it to her that she actually did not know anything about the conversation because she was taught to say it by other people.