Friday June 22, 2012
Foray could have died from suffocation, court told
By ONG HAN SEAN
KUANTAN: Murdered French tourist Stephanie Foray could also have died from being suffocated with a towel, the High Court was told.
Forensic medical specialist Dr Sri Marni Zainal Abidin said she could not discount the possibility that the victim’s neck had sustained injuries, as a towel was found wrapped around the neck.
“There might be injuries that will not show up especially if someone was suffocated,” she said in her third day of testimony at the High Court here yesterday.
However, Dr Sri Marni said the towel could have been used to close the bleeding from Foray’s head.
“Or, it could have been there for no particular reason at all,” she said.
Dr Sri Marni was testifying in the trial of trader Asni Omar, 37, who is charged with murdering Foray, 30, at an unnumbered house in Kam-pung Tekek, Pulau Tioman, between 8pm on May 10 and noon on May 12 last year.
She identified a hose found tied around Foray’s legs and waist as well as six more personal effects, which had not been tendered previously.
Defence counsel Muhammad Hisham Abdul Rahim then requested for the cross-examination to be held at another time due to the many details from Dr Sri Marni’s testimony that were not found in the post-mortem report.
“We need time to prepare for the cross-examination of the witness since she cross-referenced several other medical reports,” he said.
Judge Justice Mariana Yahya then extended the trial for another four days from July 30 to Aug 2.
Deputy public prosecutors Salim Soib @ Hamid, Nor Azizah Mohamad and Farahah Mohd Nazari prosecuted.