Traces of succinylcholine, a medication used to cause short-term paralysis as part of general anesthesia, were found in Mary’s post mortem toxicology report, according to the prosecution.
The online trial of Mary’s murder case commenced at the Criminal Court today. The Prosecutor General’s Office filed murder charges against her husband, Marvin S. Y. Vargas, 30, and his alleged lover, Haleemath Lamha Abdul Rahman, 24, last month.
Public prosecutor Ahmed Naufal said traces of succinylcholine were found in Mary’s bloodstream, though the toxicology report is yet to be submitted to the court. Succinylcholine, potassium chloride, and propofol injections were also found during the police search at Lamha’s residence which links her directly to the murder, according to the prosecution.
A normal succinylcholine injection contains 10ml but the injection found at Lamha’s residence had just 4ml and the packaging seal was not intact. Moreover, injection marks were also found on Mary’s body, according to the prosecution.
The prosecution also stated that a doctor who works at IGMH has confirmed that the injections found at Lamha’s residence could be fatal enough to kill a person.
Lamha’s lawyer requested judge Faiz, who is presiding over the trial today, to continue the hearing in secrecy, citing her fragile mental state. However, the request was rejected by the judge.
The prosecution has stated there are several pieces of evidences linking Lamha to the murder and she should remain in custody until the trial has reached a conclusion.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for 15th March 2022.