LAWN­MOWER IN­CI­DENT VIC­TIM TRAU­MA­TISED

Boy haunted by tragedy that claimed best friend’s life

New Straits Times - - NEWS - RAJA NORAINA RAJA RAHIM AND AMRAN YAHYA

“IDON’T want to look at a lawn­mower ma­chine any more,” said Mohd Farhan Reza Badrul He­sam, 13, who was in­jured when a blade from the ma­chine hit the back of his head, yes­ter­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at SMK Tuanku Abdul Rah­man here.

When met at his house in Kam­pung Bangkahulu here yes­ter­day, Farhan ad­mit­ted that he was trau­ma­tised by the in­ci­dent, which killed his best friend, Nur Afini Roslan, 14.

The Form One stu­dent, who had been dis­charged from Tuanku Am­puan Na­ji­hah Hos­pi­tal Kuala Pi­lah, said the in­ci­dent oc­curred in a split sec­ond. He only re­alised what had hap­pened when he saw Nur Afini’s body ly­ing on the field.

“We were tak­ing a rest af­ter train­ing for Sports Day pa­rade. Sud­denly, I heard a loud sound like fire­crack­ers be­fore my head was hit by a hard ob­ject.

“When I turned around, I saw Nur Afini fall­ing and her blood splat­tered on my shirt. Part of her head, which was split in two in the in­ci­dent, fell right in front of me,” he said.

Farhan said he was stunned and shaken, while his other friends started to scream and panic be­fore teach­ers in­structed them to leave the scene.

He said he had no prob­lem in con­tin­u­ing to study at the school, but he was haunted by the in­ci­dent.

His mother, Zalina Mohd Noor, 48, said she only knew about the in­ci­dent af­ter a teacher called her to in­quire about her son’s in­jury.

“I was sur­prised to find out that a stu­dent was killed in the in­ci­dent. I was even more shocked to learn that the vic­tim was the daugh­ter of my best friend,” she said.

In the 10.30am in­ci­dent yes­ter­day, Nur Afini died when she was struck by a blade from the lawn­mower, which split her head in two.

Ab­dul­lah, an­other stu­dent who was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, said he hap­pened to look at the ma­chine be­fore a small ex­plo­sion oc­curred.

“I saw the blade fly­ing to­wards us and screamed, but it hap­pened so fast that I could not es­cape in time.

“I felt se­vere pain in my right ear and, at the same time, I saw Farhan and Nur Afini fall on the ground. Then, I re­alised my clothes were splat­tered with blood,” he said.

He said he did not re­alise he was in­jured un­til a friend told him. Ab­dul­lah’s fa­ther, Ha­zlan Harun, 51, said he ac­cepted the tragedy as fated and urged all par­ties to stop point­ing fin­gers and let the po­lice com­plete their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In Tampin, the driver of the trac­tor, which pulled the lawn­mower, was re­leased on bail yes­ter­day. Tampin dis­trict po­lice chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ha­mazah Abd Razak said pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­ducted on the 26-year-old found no crim­i­nal el­e­ment in the stu­dent’s death.

How­ever, he said, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions would be pur­sued un­der Sec­tion 304 of the Pe­nal Code.

He said po­lice would work with other agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Pub­lic Works De­part­ment and the Foren­sics De­part­ment, to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the in­ci­dent.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion cov­ers a va­ri­ety of an­gles, in­clud­ing to see how the blades from the lawn­mower broke off. In ad­di­tion, we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the blades could hit the vic­tim, who was quite far from the ma­chine,” he said.

PIX BY IQMAL HAQIM ROSMAN

Mohd Farhan Reza Badrul He­sam with his mother Zalina Mohd Noor and fa­ther Badrul He­sam Md Sharip in Kam­pung Bangkahulu, Gemas, yes­ter­day. (In­set) The in­jury sus­tained by Farhan.

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