Thursday, June 20, 2013

Court rules Wlliam Yau’s death as misadventure

William's father Yau Kok Kang and mother Goh Ying Ying.

A Coroner's Court here ruled that the death of six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong, who was found floating in Sungai Sireh in Port Klang on Jan 24, was due to misadventure.

The decision by the court on Thursday disproved a theory that William was was murdered or abused by his family.

Coroner Mohd Hezri Shaharil however said the court dismissed any criminal elements, including that of the parents.

However, he said the court did not dismiss the probability of negligence by the parents.

"The court decided the cause of William's death was due to misadventure and therefore the case is closed," he said when delivering his judgement.

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The court also dismissed the possibility that William was kidnapped and murdered.

A total of 21 witnesses were called to give their testimony in the 12-day hearing, which started on March 12 and ended on May 31.

The inquest was conducted to ascertain the cause of William's death.

William was reported missing in Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, on Jan 16.

His father Yau Kok Kang, 32, and mother Goh Ying Ying, 26, had gone briefly to the Onking electrical store in Putra Heights to buy a washing machine, leaving William with his eldest brother Eric, seven, and his youngest sister Cindy, one-and-a-half, in the Toyota Hilux car that night.

William was said to have gotten out from the car to look for his mother after his sister Cindy started crying.

He was found floating by a fisherman Satarudin Kamal, 45, the 14th witness, near the jetty on Jan 24 at about 6.30pm.

Lee Keng Fatt was the deputy public prosecutor.

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