Teoh’s Inquest expected to end on Nov 4

Posted: October 24, 2010 in News
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Source : Klik4Malaysia

Friday, 22 October 2010 20:35 Samuel San
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TBH180710Kuala Lumpur, Oct 22 – A handwriting expert from the Chemistry Department told the Coroner Court here today that he did not carry out any DNA analysis for finger prints or palm print on a suicide note which was allegedly written by Teoh Beng Hock.

Wong Kong Yong, 51, testified that he had only carried out detailed comparison on some handwritings of the note in Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia with some handwritings of Teoh’s notebook.

Questioned by counsel Gobind Singh who was acting for Teoh’s family, Wong reiterated that he just carried out the comparison as requested by the investigation officer of the case, ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal.

He agreed with Gobind’s contention that his expert findings could have been much more conclusive if such scientific examination was carried out.

Wong also agreed with Gobind that he did not propose or suggested to the IO for such scientific tests to ensure his findings were more conclusive.

However, he disagreed that his findings were inaccurate since there were some different characteristics on his findings between Teoh’s initials on the note and initials of the witness statement by the deceased
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Wong pointed out that there were eight similarities between both handwritings and only one was different.

“That’s the reason, in my report I had stated it was most probably written by the same person,” stressed Wong.

To another question posed by counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who was acting for the Selangor state government, he agreed there was a finger print that was visible on the note.

Wong was testifying in the inquest of Teoh, 30, the political aide of a Selangor executive councillor who was found dead on the 5th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 16 last year, a day after giving his statement at the MACC office, located on the 14th floor of the same building.

The note which was purportedly written by Teoh, was the focus point of the inquest, where both Gobind and Malik questioned on the circumstances on how the note was found and why there was a delay in disclosing the discovery.

Earlier, Wong told the coroner that he carried out examination on some writings in Bahasa Malaysia on a piece of note found in Teoh’s sling bag and specimen of the Teoh’s own handwritings in Bahasa Malaysia which confirmed it belonged to a same person.

He testified that the Chinese handwritings of both specimens showed some similarity and writing characteristics, but in his expert view was that it was (most probably) written by the same person.

However, he said his comparison on the initials on the note (sling bag note) and the signature of Teoh’s visa card, he could not ascertain whether or not the initials and the signatures were written by the same person.

Meanwhile, though all parties had agreed to end the inquest when it resumes on Nov 4, MACC’s head of prosecution Datuk Abdul Razak Musa caught counsel Tan Hock Chuan who was assisting the coroner in the inquest by surprise, when he filed a verbal application for the coroner to call three more witnesses.

He said the witnesses were needed to show the link between invoices found on Teoh’s laptop and the case.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas later set Nov 4, for his decision on the application and further testimony of the IO.

 

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