KUALA LUMPUR: National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain had 90 burns from a steam iron all over his body, leading to his death.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim, when wrapping up her submission, said the burn marks Zulfarhan suffered during the “interrogation” by several of his fellow cadets covered 80 per cent of his body.
“Based on the post-mortem examination by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM) pathologist Dr Salmah Arshad, Zulfarhan suffered severe injuries during the incident.
“The burn marks covered 80 per cent of his body,” she said, adding that several key witnesses saw the assault committed by the accused — Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, Muhammad Azamuddin Mad Sofi, Afif Najmudin, Muhammad Najib Mohd Razi, Mohamad Shobirin Ali and Abodul Hakeem Mohd Ali.
All six are facing murder charges under Section 302 of the Penal Code, an offence which carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
High Court Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah fixed July 31 for decision on whether the accused need to enter their defence.
Zulfarhan, a third year student, died on June 1 last year at Serdang Hospital.
The six accused and 13 other students, all aged 22, also pleaded not guilty to voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Zulfarhan with the intention of extracting a confession from the victim for allegedly stealing a laptop.
The offence was allegedly committed at room 04-10 Jebat Hostel Block, UPNM, between 2.30am and 5.30am on May 21 and in the same room between 1.30am and 4.30am on May 22.
The accused were represented by counsel Amer Hamzah, Datuk Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Zamri Idrus, Mohd Fadly Hashim, A.G. Kalidas, Datuk Hazizah Kassim, Datuk Seri M. Ramachelvam and Azizul Shariman.