LAST_UPDATESun, 15 Jul 2018 9pm

12 Specimens Of Tahfiz Fire Victims Analysed - Chemist

KUALA LUMPUR -- A chemist told the High Court that she had analysed 12 specimens of the victims of the horrific fire that killed 23 students and teachers of the Darul Ittifaqiyah tahfiz centre here last year.

Yong Khursihah Kamarol Bahrin, 37, from the Toxicology Division of the Malaysian Chemistry Department, said she received the specimens comprising 11 blood samples and one urine sample from Inspector Mohamad Fairol Abu Bakar on Sept 15, 2017, a day after the tragedy.

“I have conducted alcohol, volatile substance, cyanide, carbon monoxide and drug analysis on the specimens.

“Of the 12 specimens, two samples were found to be above the normal level which showed symptoms of carboxyhaemoglobin, and one sample was found to be a little toxic.”

The 20th prosecution witness said this during the examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz in the trial of two juveniles charged with murdering the victims which entered its 9th day today.

The two juveniles, who were 16 then, were jointly charged with the murder of the 23 occupants of the Darul Ittifaqiyah tahfiz center in Jalan Keramat Hujung, Kampung Datuk Keramat, Wangsa Maju, between 4.15 am and 6.45 am on Sept 14, 2017.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Code, which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

However, Section 97(1) of the Child Act 2001, states that a child under the age of 18 who is convicted of murder will not face the death sentence.

Section 94 of the Act provides a child convicted of murder could be ordered by the court to be detained at the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The trial before Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah continues on Nov 14.