KUANTAN: A forensic medical specialist told the High Court yesterday that rape may had been perpetrated on deceased French tourist Stephanie Foray.
Dr Sri Marni Zainal Abidin said the semen trace (found on Foray's private parts) showed that there was sexual relations but it did not necessarily prove that that rape had occurred.
Dr Sri Marni was testifying at the trial of petty trader Asni Omar, 37, charged with Foray's murder.
When asked by deputy public prosecutor Salim Soib@Hamid whether it could be concluded that Foray was raped after taking into account the injuries on the body, Dr Sri Marni said: "That may have happened. I do not discount that possibility."
Asked if he could say whether the sexual relation happened before or after she (Foray) died, Dr Sri Marni said it was difficult to ascertain due to the decomposition of the body.
Earlier, Dr Sri Marni, who is attached to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, said the four cracks found on Foray's skull could have been caused by being hit with a bottle.
Asked if the four cracks could have been inflicted simultaneously via a single act, Dr Sri Marni said it would have been hard for them to have been inflicted simultaneously due to the differing positions of the cracks.
Asni is charged with murdering 30-year-old Foray at an unnumbered house in Kg Tekek, Pulau Tioman, between 8pm on May 10 and noon on May 12 last year.
Salim is assisted by deputy public prosecutors Nor Azizah Mohamad and Farahah Mohd Nazari, while the accused is represented by Ibrahim Kamaruddin, Mohd Hisham Abdul Rahim and Datuk Ng See Teong.
Amy Ling is holding a watching brief for the Forays.
Hearing continues today before judge Datuk Mariana Yahya.