An end to mum's long wait for son to be buried

IPOH: Every night for the past two months, Salamiah Hasan will go to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital mortuary here to recite Quranic verses for her son, Sherol Aizam Mohd Damanhuri, 27, who died on July 20.

Even though her maternal instincts told her that her eldest child should be buried as soon as possible, Salamiah, 45, abided by the decision of her husband, Mohd Damanhuri Mohd Fuad, 50, who had insisted a second post-mortem be carried out before his burial.

It was reported that Sherol Aizam was found trapped between the window panes of a house in Taman Saz, Silibin, near here, by the house owner when the latter returned home. He was believed to have died while attempting to break into the house.

When met by reporters at her restaurant here yesterday, Salamiah said it came as a surprise when her husband told her on Monday that he would be claiming their son's remains for burial.

"I am relieved and grateful as my son's 'suffering' has come to an end. He has been given a proper burial and it will be easier for me to visit his grave after this," she said after the burial yesterday.

Sherol Aizam was buried at the Gurap Muslim Cemetery, about a kilometre from his parents' restaurant, two months after his death.

Damanhuri said he decided to claim Sherol Aizam's body after consulting his lawyer on the next course of action following the High Court's decision to reject his application last week for an order for a second post-mortem.

He said he dropped his earlier plans to file an appeal over the High Court decision as he did not want Sherol Aizam's body to be kept in the mortuary any longer.

"However, I will continue my struggle to find out the truth on what led to my son's death through all the legal avenues available," he said, adding that his family only wanted an independent finding to confirm how Sherol Aizam sustained bruises on the body.

The first post-mortem conducted on the day of his death cited breathing difficulties caused by postural asphyxia and traces of three types of drugs in Sherol Aizam's body as the two causes which led to his death.

Sherol Aizam's family, however, alleged that he was beaten to death and refused to claim the body.


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