Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dr Porntip Rojanasunand at RCI-TBH (Day 31)

Contributed by Richard Wee, Adriana Leu & Yip XiaohengThe Bar Council’s team of solicitors at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (“RCI”) investigating Teoh Beng Hock’s death (“RCI-TBH”) will provide regular updates on the proceedings. For ease of reference, all reports will bear the heading “RCI-TBH”.

2 Apr 2011 – Day 31 continued with the examination of Dr Porntip Rojanasunand who was represented by counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar.Dr Porntip was of the view that the injury to the left side of Teoh Beng Hock’s neck had been a pre-fall injury as a result of being gripped by the neck or being hit by a blunt object with force.

Dr Porntip then explained that both the fractured injuries to Teoh Beng Hock's leg were not necessarily indicative of Teoh Beng Hock being conscious upon impact. She elaborated that the bruising in the leg was indication that he may have fallen on his legs at an angle instead of being upright.Under questioning by Sivaneindiren s/o Selvanandam, counsel for Bar Council, and the Commissioners, Dr Porntip stated that the fracture to the skull was likely to have been a result of the fall.

Dr Porntip explained that the fracture to the manubrium sterni could have been due to having been sat on or being hit with an object. However, she said that this could have also been caused by having struck his chest with the floor upon impact.It was pointed out to her that Teoh Beng Hock's arms, the right arm in particular, had suffered widespread ecchymosis bruising from having struck the ground even though the arms had been protected by clothing.

However, she could not explain why similar ecchymosis bruising had not been found on Teoh Beng Hock's chest if it had struck the ground likewise.The RCI-TBH proceeding ended at approximately 5:00 pm and will recommence at 9:00 am on Monday, 4 Apr 2011.Counsel appearing for Bar Council at today’s proceedings were Christopher Leong, Sivaneindiren s/o Selvanandam, Cheow Wee and Edmund Bon. - The Malaysian Bar Council.

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