By Lydia Gomez
KUALA LUMPUR: Four years after being charged with hurting a housewife in a bar, actress Nur Fazura Sharifuddin is finally relieved.
Nur Fazura, who turns 25 on Saturday, was freed by the magistrate's court yesterday.
She broke down as magistrate Aizatul Akmal Maharani read out his decision to acquit her after the defence had laid out its case.
Aizatul said Fazura's testimony that she was trying to defend herself by hurling her high-heeled sandal towards the complainant, Geraldine Mariana Wong, 33, was supported by two other defence witnesses.
"In this case, I accept Nur Fazura's explanation that she hurled the sandal behind her in self-defence when Geraldine pulled her hair from behind. The defence has succeeded in creating a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case," Aizatul said. Nur Fazura was charged with causing hurt to Wong, at the Luna Bar, Pacific Regency Hotel and Apartments, Jalan Kia Peng, here, about 1.20am on Dec 19, 2004. She pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution called four witnesses and the defence, three. Nur Fazura was represented by counsel Fakhrul Azman Abu Hassan while Chief Inspector R. Rukumar prosecuted.
The actress, who won the Malaysian Film Festival's Most Promising Actress award (2004) and is best known for her role in the movie Gol & Gincu wept and hugged family members and friends who were in the courtroom.
Speaking to reporters later, Nur Fazura, accompanied by actress and presenter Cheryl Samad, said she was relieved that it was over.
"Today is the day I have been waiting for. I want to leave this behind and start a new life. It's not easy... four years of people judging me. I lost a lot of deals and jobs," she said, adding she was apprehensive about the judgment.
"I was ready for anything. But I am relieved that this is over," she said wiping her tears.
On her plans for the future, Nur Fazura said she was set for work on her new project, a film called Pisau Cukur together with Maya Karin.
"I will be shooting this movie in October and I am one of the lead actresses," she said.