Effa, 6 had suffered a blow to her head, no sexual assault conducted

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KOTA KINABALU  –  Six-year-old Nur Effa Sahira, who was found dead in an oil drum at a farm in Semporna, had suffered a blow to her head, police here said.

A post-mortem report on her death did not show any other injury on her body and neither did it show she was raped, said Semporna police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah.

“We have established that she suffered a head injury that could have been caused by either falling or being hit with a hard object,” he said.

He added, however, that the police had not yet determined if she had died inside the drum or elsewhere as her brain had decomposed.

Nur Effa was reported missing on Dec 21 and her body was found four days later inside the drum in the oil palm estate 500m from her home in Kampung Salimbangun.

She was last seen playing with friends near her house.

The case, which was initially classified as sudden death, has now been reclassified as murder as there were doubts as to whether the girl could have climbed into the empty drum on her own and how she had come to be in that area.

DSP Mohd Firdaus said no one had been detained but the police had recorded statements of witnesses who had seen the girl before she went missing.

Nur Effa was supposed to have started Year One when the new school term began early this month.  – thestar