Dental nurse tells inquest she booked ride online to Annapuranee Jenkins but unsure if she reached her destination | Malaysia

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Nurse Lim Cheng Wooi enters the courtroom at George Town Sessions Court, March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, March 29 – Australian Annapuranee Jenkins left the dental clinic the day she disappeared during an online ride booked by the clinic’s nurse, the coroner’s court heard here today.

Nurse/receptionist Lim Cheng Wooi said she helped the retiree book a ride with the Uber email service.

“She had a cell phone with her, but she didn’t have the Uber app, so I helped book an Uber ride for her using my phone,” she told the inquest. death of Jenkins, presided over by coroner Norsalha Hamzah. today.

She said Jenkins went to the Pulau Tikus dental clinic on December 13, 2017, as she had an appointment to pick up her dentures.

Lim said Jenkins’ dentures hadn’t arrived at that time, so she only had fillings done that day, according to her dental records.

“After the procedure, she asked me to help her take an Uber and set the destination for a house called Little Sisters of the Poor,” she said during questioning by the director of the Penang State Attorney’s Office, Datuk Khairul Annuar Abd Halim.

She said she had fixed the payment for Jenkins to pay the driver in cash once they arrived at their destination.

“I wrote the Uber’s license plate on a piece of paper so she can immediately get in the car when she arrives,” she said.

When asked if she knew if Jenkins had reached her intended destination, Lim said no.

Son of the late Annapuranee Jenkins, Gregory Jenkins at George Town Sessions Court on March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin
Son of the late Annapuranee Jenkins, Gregory Jenkins at George Town Sessions Court on March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

She said she only found out Jenkins was missing the next day when her son, Gregory Jenkins, called the clinic to ask if his mother had made it to her dentist appointment.

Earlier, Lim said Jenkins’ date was at 11:30 a.m. that day.

She said Jenkins had been a patient at the clinic since 2012 and as of December 2017 she had been to the clinic twice before December 13.

“She was always early to her appointments, so that day she could have been early and arrived at 11 a.m.,” she said.

She said the Jenkins dental procedure took about 30 minutes.

“It was just a normal filler procedure, so she didn’t receive any anesthesia,” she said.

Lim also agreed to search the Uber receipt for the ride she ordered for Jenkins in her email and submit it to the coroner’s court at the request of attorney S Raveentharan, who is conducting a monitoring mission on behalf of the Jenkins family.

Jenkins was reported missing on December 13, 2017.

A CCTV recording of Jen Hotel, where she was staying, showed she left the premises around 2.42pm in a taxi.

The third inquest witness, V Thiruarasan, who worked at Jen's Hotel, at George Town Sessions Court on March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin
The third inquest witness, V Thiruarasan, who worked at Jen’s Hotel, at George Town Sessions Court on March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

Earlier in the day, the third inquest witness, V Thiruarasan, who worked at Jen’s hotel, confirmed that Jenkins had trouble trying to get an email on his cell phone around 2 p.m. .

“She was in trouble, so I offered to help her, but it wasn’t working out at the time, so she decided to take a cab,” he said.

He added that Jenkins also told him she had a dentist appointment.

Jenkins’ remains and personal effects were found June 24, 2020 at a construction site near where she was last seen.

An inquest is currently underway to determine the cause of his death.

Jenkins’ case came to the attention of the South Australian government when a member of the legislative council, Frank Pangallo, took over the case on behalf of his family last year.

Pangallo issued a statement yesterday saying the South Australian Parliament is following the investigation closely.

Uber driver Tan Tiang Guan seen entering the courtroom at George Town Sessions Court, March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin
Uber driver Tan Tiang Guan seen entering the courtroom at George Town Sessions Court, March 29, 2022. — Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

The court also called the fifth witness, Tan Tiang Guan, the Uber driver who picked up Jenkins the day he disappeared but had to adjourn the rest of his testimony until tomorrow.

The investigation continues tomorrow morning.

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