Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Don't forget Nurin: Witness comes forward, police working on photo-fit
Petaling Jaya investigating officer ASP Lau Pei Pei interviewing Jazimin Abdul Jalil at his home yesterday. Police were asking Jazimin about birthmarks and other identifying marks on Nurin’s body.
PETALING JAYA: Police are putting together a photo-fit of a man who they believe can assist in the investigation into the murder of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin.
The man had allegedly enquired about a vacant house in PJS 1/48 two weeks ago. He wanted to rent the unit.
He allegedly told the house owner that he and his daughter would be the only occupants of the house.
When the house owner enquired about the man's daughter, he said he was afraid to bring her out fearing she would be sexually assaulted.
The house owner told police that the man seemed only concerned about his daughter's safety and after agreeing to the rent, the man left.
The house owner said the man did not show up after that. After Nurin's body was found in a sports bag and left in a building in the area, the house owner became suspicious.
He went to police with his story recently.
It is learnt that he gave police more information about the suspect which has now resulted in police working on a photo-fit.
Details of the suspect are still sketchy as a period of time had passed since the house owner last met him.
Police are tight-lipped on the progress of investigations as they seek to identify the suspect(s) involved in the murder of 8-year-old Nurin.
Nurin's body was found at a three-storey shoplot in Jalan PJS 1/48 on Sept 17, a month after she was reported missing after she went to a night market by herself near her house in Section 1, Wangsa Maju.
A post-mortem showed that she had been sexually assaulted with a brinjal and a cucumber shoved into her private parts, which caused her intestines to rupture.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has said that police are working on several leads.
It has been reported that police have obtained tapes from a closed-circuit television camera on a neighbouring building.
The footage showed a man arriving at the building on a motorcycle.
He was seen carrying a sports bag into the premises.
Police are working on the theory that the man could be the "Kampung Baru molester" who previously attacked two girls, aged 5 and 6, before they were released.
The girls also had brinjals forced into their private parts.
Another footage which the police are looking at is one of a woman who was seen entering the building.
Witnesses later told police that the woman sat on the staircase with a sports bag nearby.
Several hours later, the woman was gone but the bag was still there.
Footage also showed the woman getting into a silver Perodua Kenari driven by another person.
Nurin's body was claimed by her parents on Friday and buried at the Muslim cemetery in Setapak.
Yesterday, police went to the victim's house in Wangsa Maju to interview Nurin's father, Jazimin Abdul Jalil.
The interview by four police officers lasted about two hours as Jazimin was questioned about birthmarks and and other identifying marks on Nurin's body.
Later, Jazimin denied rumours that he was involved in his daughter's murder and that he had been detained by police to facilitate investigations.
Meanwhile, Bernama reports that the results of DNA tests carried out on strands of hair found in the sports bag are expected to be released this week.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh said yesterday this was not the time to call Nurin's parents for their statements to be recorded.
Karpal hoped the police would take this into consideration before commencing any investigations for possible negligence against the parents under the Child Act 2001.
He said police should focus their resources on apprehending the culprit or culprits responsible for Nurin's death.
He also said the DAP was prepared to provide free legal assistance to Nurin's family - by holding a watching brief - in the event of criminal proceedings against the perpetrators .
He urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail to procure the assistance of a senior advocate to assist the prosecution.
= New Straits Times