KUALA LUMPUR: The principal of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre told the High Court today that there was a report of a small scuffle between some students and other teenagers from the village.
Mohd Zahid Mahmood, 48, said one of his teachers reported the incident when a group of students went outside to play at a nearby football field.
“I remember one of my ustaz (teacher) reported to me about a small scuffle between my students and the local kids as they were about to play football at the field.
“The local kids had said they had ‘conquered’ the field but my students argued that they had arrived earlier.
“To avoid further argument, the teacher told my students to play at a different field,” he said.
Mohd Zahid Mahmood, 48, said one of his teachers reported the incident when a group of students went outside to play at a nearby football field. File pix
Zahid said the students were allowed to go out for weekly sports activities on Sunday and Wednesday, supervised by three teachers.
“However, there are special circumstances when the students are allowed to play outside either on Monday or Tuesday.
“They only play among their group and do not mingle with local kids,” he said.
Zahid, who was testifying as the 17th witness at the trial of two juveniles charged with murdering 21 students and two wardens of the tahfiz centre, said this during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Othman Abdullah.
The juveniles are alleged to have committed the offence in Jalan Keramat Hujung, Kampung Datuk Keramat, Wangsa Maju between 4.15am and 6.45am on Sept 14 last year.
The duo, who are both 17 now, are represented by counsel Haijan Omar. They face 23 counts under Section 302 of the Penal Code, and are liable to a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
However, since they are under 18, under Section 97(1) of the Child Act 2001, they cannot be sentenced to death. Instead, they will be held at the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, if found guilty.
In the fire at 5.15am on Sept 14 , 21 students and two teachers died, after being trapped on the third floor of the religious residential school hostel.
Proceedings before judge Datuk Azman Abdullah continue tomorrow.