Mystery DNA from accident victim: Chemist

SHAH ALAM: The DNA found on Teoh Beng Hock’s blazer and belt belonged to a road accident victim on whom a post mortem was conducted on the same day as that on the political aide’s body at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang, on July 17.Forensics chemist Dr Seah Lay Hong told the Coroner’s Court that the DNA had a 99.9 per cent match with M Gopala who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

She said the DNA could have been obtained as the autopsies on both the bodies were done on the same autopsy table which was not sterilised.

Teoh, 30, a political aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 16 after giving a statement as a witness in the investigation on the alleged abuse of Selangor government funds.

An autopsy on Teoh’s body was done on July 17 by pathologist Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim on the same autopsy table where Dr K Saravanan, a medical doctor, had earlier used to conduct autopsies on the bodies of two men, Gopala and one L Jeganathan.

Dr Seah said Jeganathan’s DNA, however, did not match with that found on the blazer and belt. She said a DNA of another man was also found on Teoh’s belt, but the identity of the person had yet to be ascertained.

Dr Saravanan, who was also called to testify, said he conducted an autopsy on Gopala’s body at 8.30am and then on Jeganathan’s body at 10am on July 17 and that both of them were accident victims.

He said the autopsy on Teoh’s body was conducted at noon.

Questioned by lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, on the procedures in cleaning an autopsy table, Saravanan said the table would be cleaned with water for autopsies involving normal death natural, while steriliser would be used after it was used for autopsies on victims who had diseases like HIV and tuberculosis.

He agreed with a suggestion by Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that the DNA from the bodies could be left on the autopsy table if it was not sterilised after use.

Hearing continues on Oct 14. — Bernama

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