Published: Thursday June 14, 2012 MYT 6:26:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 14, 2012 MYT 6:29:15 PM
Foray murder trial: Forensic officer grilled over blood sampling procedures
By ONG HAN SEAN
KUANTAN: The Stephanie Foray murder trial continued Thursday with an assistant forensic medical officer being grilled on procedures surrounding the blood sampling of the French tourist's mother and sister.
Aliah Jusoh told the court that he had prepared the labels for the FTA cards containing the blood sample but did not check the identity of the patients.
"I wrote the details based on the labels on the patient registration cards handed to me. The details were filled out at the emergency counter earlier," he said to a question by counsel Datuk Ng See Teong.
Defence counsel Muhammad Hisham Abdul Rahim then asked whether Aliah should have inspected the patients' passport numbers and names instead of basing it on the labels.
"I agree but in this case, the documents had already been checked by the medical officer on duty, Dr Fong Chee Khai," Aliah answered.
To a suggestion by the lawyer, Aliah said he was not sure whether Dr Fong checked the details of the persons who had their blood sampled.
"Why are you not sure? Did you not say that you two performed the blood sampling? Were you focused on other things?" queried Muhammad Hisham.
"I said I am not sure because I just dripped the blood from the syringe onto the FTA cards, which already had labels printed at the emergency counter, and then put it into the envelope to be sealed. I wrote the name, police report number, passport number, date, time and sample type on the envelope based on what was on the registration cards," said Aliah.
Muhammad Hisham then said, "To leave no room for doubt, tell us who prepared the patient registration cards."
Aliah: The staff at the emergency counter did it.
Muhammad Hisham: So if there is any mistake, will you also make the same mistake?
Muhammad Hisham said, "Since you are the last one to handle the blood samples, it should be prudent for you to look at the person's identity," to which Aliah agreed that he usually checked the Pol 59 form but said in this case, he was not handed the document and only given the registration cards.
He also said he was not allowed to be near the table where the blood sampling took place because the space was filled with the patients, medical officer, a policewoman and an interpreter.
Aliah agreed with Muhammad Hisham that he did have the authority to be near the table as he was a hospital personnel selected to seal medical legal items.
Deputy public prosecutor Salim Soib @ Hamid later asked why Aliah did not agree with the defence counsel when it was suggested that he did not follow medical legal procedures in sealing the cards.
"Because it is procedure in the forensic medical department to examine all the details jotted down and I assumed it had already been checked by Dr Fong," said Aliah.
Earlier, he told the court that he could still identify the envelope containing the FTA card of Foray's mother Irene Mortel but there was now fungus on it that had effaced the patient's name.
However, he could not identify a dirty scrap of paper full of fungus, which was supposed to be another envelope containing the FTA card.
The trial of trader Asni Omar, 37, who 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 last year, was then adjourned until Monday.
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