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Wife of Malaysian entrepreneur thought to have been killed by exploding mobile phone charged with his murder

04 March 2019

The wife of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan, her two sons and an Indonesian national were charged with his murder in a Malaysian court on March 4, according to local media. Samirah Muzzafar, her two sons from her first marriage, and their Indonesian maid, who is still at large, were charged with murdering Nazrin at the house they shared in Petaling Jaya. The charge carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Representative image - Shutterstock
Representative image - Shutterstock

Mr Nazrin, 45, was found dead in a fire with 30% burns on his body. In the first post-mortem, Kuala Lumpur Hospital pathologists concluded that he died of injuries sustained in a blast after his mobile phone, which was being charged next to his bed, exploded.

Fire and Rescue Department investigators later discovered traces of petrol in the bedroom. Police then reclassified the case as murder and questioned several family members.

Last week, a second post-mortem revealed that Nazrin died of multiple head injuries.

It was also reported that that the second autopsy report revealed the victim did not sustain injuries to the head due to a blast, as stated in the first post-mortem report.

Police reclassified the case as murder, following a forensic investigation by the Fire and Rescue Department. Mr Nazrin's remains were exhumed on Oct 8 for a second post-mortem.

Malay Mail reported in September last year that one of Samirah's sons was detained for questioning after a puncture wound - believed to be caused by an arrow - was found on the dead man's neck. Sources told the news site that the two stepsons were members of their school's archery club.

Cradle is a Finance Ministry company that looks into developing entrepreneurs and the Malaysian start-up ecosystem. It was the agency that gave early funding to companies like ride-hailing pioneer Grab (previously MyTeksi) and fintech start-up iMoney.

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