In a dramatic turn of events, renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand made several explosive allegations at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest this morning.
Among others, Pornthip suggested that the political aide could have been strangled before falling from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam.
The colorful doctor noted that the marks on Teoh’s neck indicated the possibility of ‘manual strangulation’.
Furthermore, she pointed out that Teoh’s skull fracture was not typical of an injury from a fall.
In another startling revelation, Pornthip said the injury to the deceased’s anus could have been caused by penetration with an object before his fall.
80 percent homicide, 20 percent suicide
In view of this, her conclusion is that Teoh’s death was 80 percent homicide and 20 percent suicide.
Pornthip was testifying as an expert witness at the inquest which is being held to determine the cause of Teoh’s death.
She is the director and co-founder of the Thai Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science and is well-known for investigating complicated homicide cases.
Teoh, the 30-year-old political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had been summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam to be questioned over irregularities in the disbursement of state funds on July 15.
He was found dead on the fifth floor service corridor of the building the following day.