A police forensics expert today did not rule out the possibility that political aide Teoh Beng Hock could have been dragged before he was found dead.
Chief Inspector Mazli Jusoh, 31, told this at the inquest proceeding after being shown scratch marks on the deceased’s right shoe.
Lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar: “Do you agree that the scratch marks have an important implication?”
Malik: Does this mean the deceased could have been dragged?
Mazli: No. Usually, if someone is dragged, the signs will not be on the sole of the shoes. If the person is dragged from behind, he would use the heels of his shoes to struggle.
Malik: What if he was dragged sideways? Is there a possibility?
Selangor police forensic expert Chief Insp Mazli Jusoh also told the Teoh Beng Hock inquest that he found stains on the inner side of window where the DAP political aide had apparently plunged to his death.
Mazli also found indentation on the window and discovered that window’s handle and lock were broken.
According to Mazli, he was debriefed about what had taken place by investigating officer ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal when he arrived at the scene in Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam.
“I went up to the 14th floor which Nazri had indicated to be the window where the fall took place. I found that the handle of the window latch/lock was broken.”
His forensic team also search for fingerprints on the window through using a dust stick. However, the test result turned out to be negative, meaning that no fingerprints were found.
“This is because the window was dirty and dusty,” he told the inquest.
Mazli also said that he had taken two swabs from the stain on the window as well as two swabs from a sofa on the 14the floor, which Ahmad Nazri said Teoh had slept on hours before he died.
Mazli’s team of investigators took a total of 41 photographs on the 14th floor of the building which housed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the 5th floor where Teoh’s body was found July 16.
The inquest began at 9.09am with Teoh family’s lawyer Gobind Singh not present as he had to attend to another matter at the Court of Appeal. Lawyer Malik Imtiaz however is standing in for him.