Shoeprint found on window frame, cop tells RCI

Posted: February 26, 2011 in News
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Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/shoeprint-found-on-window-frame-cop-tells-rci/

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Ultra-violet light showed a shoeprint on the window frame of the building where Teoh Beng Hock fell to his death, the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) heard today.

DSP Sharul Othman Mansor, who was part of the police forensic crime scene investigation team, said he found a nine-inch shoeprint on the window frame on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam.

The length of Teoh’s shoe, however, is 11.5 inches, based on Sharul’s measurements of the court exhibit at the inquiry today.

Conducting officer Kwan Li Sa argued that by elimination, the shoeprint which was found adjacent to the wall did not belong to the dead DAP aide.

RCI chairman Tan Sri James Foong, however, said Kwan could not arrive at such a conclusion as the shoeprint could have been incomplete.

“It is not your duty to prove one thing or another,” said Foong.

“It could be the shoe is slightly longer… or concentrated part is shorter,” added the Federal Court judge.

Selangor police forensic expert Chief Inspector Mazli Jusoh testified earlier this morning he found no evidence that Teoh had jumped to his death.

Mazli said he did not find evidence showing Teoh had held on to the window frame or sat on the window sill at the then-Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters before plunging to his death nine floors below.

Sharul said today he did not lift the shoeprint or ask officers to whom the shoe belonged to.

“The pattern of the sole of the shoe was not clear,” he said.

“I didn’t lift the print, but I measured it and took a photograph,” he added.

Sharul, who was attached to the Cheras forensic laboratory at the time of Teoh’s death on July 16, 2009, also said he used UV light but found no bloodstains on the window or in the meeting room where Teoh was interrogated on the 14th floor.

The policeman also said UV light did not reveal any bloodstains at the MACC office on the 15th floor, or the staircase connecting the 15th to the 14th floor, or the pantry on the 14th floor.

“If blood is washed off perfectly, I don’t think those two methods (polylight and prime light which are both UV light) can detect it,” said Sharul.

“But if blood is washed off and falls to the carpet, maybe both methods can detect it,” he added.

Mazli said however that he did not find any shoeprint on the window frame on the 14th floor with his naked eye.

Mazli also said the forensics team had approached Teoh’s fatal fall with foul play in mind.

Teoh, political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth-floor corridor of Plaza Masalam on July 16, 2009, after an overnight interrogation by MACC officers.

Sharul said later in the afternoon that the shoeprint was not an accurate reflection of the actual shoe size.

“The shoeprint found on the window frame is not very clear,” said Sharul.

“The width (of the frame) is only two and a half inches. Only half of the print was on the frame. The pattern of the sole of the shoe was not very clear,” he added.

Sharul further pointed out that he could not identify which was the front or the back of the shoe based on the shoeprint.

Another witness, Inspector Zaidi Abu Hassan, later revealed a report on the call logs, text and multimedia messages as well as the calendar entries in Teoh’s Sony Ericsson mobile phone.

Bar Council lawyer Christopher Leong said the report showed that someone had read incoming texts on Teoh’s phone after his death.

“The date (for two SMSes are) July 17 2009. By that time, Teoh Beng Hock was already deceased,” said Leong.

The inquiry resumes tomorrow.

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