Stephanie Foray likely raped, says forensics witness
KUANTAN, June 20 — A Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital medical forensics specialist told the Stephanie Foray High Court murder trial today that she did not discount the likelihood that the deceased could have been raped.
Dr Sri Marni Zainal Abidin, the 11th prosecution witness in the trial of the 30-year-old French tourist who was murdered on Pulau Tioman last year, said she assisted in Foray’s post-mortem by Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensics specialist Dr Nurliza Abdullah on August 8, 2011.
She said the chemist’s department found traces of semen in a sample taken from the deceased’s private parts.
However, upon examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor Salim Soib @ Hamid, she was unable to determine if the rape had occurred before or after Foray was killed due to the body’s advanced state of decomposition.
Asni Omar, 37, allegedly murdered Foray at an unnumbered house in Kampung Tekek, Pulau Tioman between 8pm on May 10, 2011 and 12 noon on May 12, 2011.
Dr Sri Marni also told the court she had estimated the time of death to be between four weeks and three months through an etymology test.
The victim died due to probable blunt force trauma to the head which caused several skull and facial bone fractures, she added.
“There were no signs of significant disease which could have caused Foray’s death.
“I ascertained this by examining the victim’s internal organs such as heart, lungs and liver. Even though the organs were dry and decomposing, there were no signs of disease,” she said.
The trial resumes tomorrow before Datuk Mariana Yahya. — Bernama