No signs of struggle, forensic expert tells RCI

Posted: February 26, 2011 in News
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Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/no-signs-of-struggle-forensic-expert-tells-rci/

Members to the RCI inspect a window at Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, February 17, 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — No signs of a struggle were found at the window where Teoh Beng Hock had plunged to his death, a police forensic expert told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) today.

Chief Inspector Mazli Jusoh said he had examined the window and its surroundings on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam with his naked eye, but found no evidence of a physical altercation there.

“In my opinion, no struggle occurred,” said Mazli on the fifth day of the inquiry today.

“In my experience in crime scene investigation, if there was a fight at one part of the crime scene, it will be messy.

“If the crime scene has transparent surfaces, you can see messy marks around the room,” he added.

Mazli, who was attached to the Selangor police contingent headquarters during Teoh’s death on July 16, 2009, also said he found about six fingerprints on the window frame.

The investigator, however, testified that he had been unable to make identifications from the fingerprints as the window at the then Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters had been dusty.

“It affected fingerprint lines when we dusted (for fingerprints),” said Mazli.

“There were only three or four (characteristics) on the fingerprints. To identify, we need at least eight characteristics on a fingerprint,” he added.

The Selangor police forensic expert said, however, that the fingerprints were new as they did not have a layer of dust covering them.

Teoh’s body was found on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam after an overnight interrogation by MACC officers on the 14th floor of the same building.

Teoh, 30, was then the political secretary to Selangor state executive councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah.

The inquiry before the commission, which is led by Federal Court judge Tan Sri James Foong, resumes on Monday.

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