Zulfarhan screamed, recoiled his leg when steam iron placed on him: Witness

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The fifth accused in the murder of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) naval cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, told the High Court yesterday that the victim screamed ‘Don’t do it again’, recoiled his leg and pushed (the accused hand) when the accused placed a hot and steaming iron on the victim’s leg.

Mohamad Shobirin Sabri, 23, said he spontaneously put the steam iron on Zulfarhan’s leg after an unidentified man handed him the iron.

“On May 22, 2017, at about 4.30am, I went to room 4-10, at the Jebat Hostel Block, UPNM, and I heard some people have been interrogating Zulfarhan about the theft case in the dormitory block.

“Within a few minutes, I was about to leave the room as I wanted to prepare to perform the Subuh prayers in the mosque. When I left the room, someone whom I am not sure of, told me to place the steam iron on Zulfarhan and spontaneously I placed it on the victim just once.

“After that, I put back the steam iron on the table and went to my room at 5-2 at the Jebat Hostel Block,” he said during examination-in-chief by his lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad before Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah.

Mohamad Shobirin said he knew his friends, including the first accused Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, brought Zulfarhan to As-Salam Clinic in Bangi for treatment while at a hotel in Bangi on May 27, 2017.

“I saw some parts of Zulfarhan’s body was wrapped in bandages and during a chat with the victim, Zulfarhan told me he was okay,” said the eldest of 10 siblings.

The accused said that from May 28 to 30, 2017, he never visited Zulfarhan until he knew about the victim’s death on June 1 at 10.30pm while gathered in front of the Wisma Pegawai Kadet.

Meanwhile, when cross-examined by deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim on what words were used when Zulfarhan screamed, the accused answered, “Don’t do it again”.

The accused also agreed with Julia that he had the knowledge that the steam iron was hot and steamy, but he still placed it on Zulfarhan’s leg.

“Yes, it’s true,” said Mohamad Sobirin when asked by Julia whether the accused had an option to place or not to place the iron on Zulfarhan.

To Julia’s suggestion that the victim was screaming because he was in pain as the steaming iron was hot and emit steam, Mohamad Sobirin replied, “True, it was steamy”.