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A family detained, suspected of murder

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IPOH: Police arrested a man, his wife and their two sons in connection with murder cases involving at least four victims in Tapah, near here last week.

Perak Police deputy chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said the suspects were arrested after a 46-year-old property broker in Kampung Sungai Lah, Chenderiang, was reported missing on Oct 25.

All suspects were picked up at a house in Jalan Pahang, Tapah, at about 1.30 pm on Oct 26.

“The man is 57 years old and his wife is 54, while their two sons aged 20 and 17. The man is a mechanic, while his wife is a homemaker. The 20-year-old son is also a mechanic, while the younger one is unemployed,” he told a press conference here today.

He said initial investigation found that the father and the elder son were involved in the disappearance of the first victim and information revealed that the victim was murdered and the body torched to ashes in the suspects’ workshop.

“The ashes were then disposed of in the nearby river and the victim’s motorcycle was left by the side of the road heading to Cameron Highlands.

“Further investigation revealed that three other victims reported missing in Tapah were also believed to have been murdered and burnt to ashes using the same modus operandi,” he said.

Hasnan said the three victims were a 56-year-old woman who worked as a bus operator and was reported missing on March 1, 2014; a 24-year-old car spare parts salesman who was reported missing on June 15, 2014; and a 36-year-old man who worked at the suspects’ workshop and was reported missing on Oct 30, 2012.

Hasnan said several bone samples found at the workshop had been sent to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for DNA tests.

He said the 57-year-old suspect had seven previous criminal records related to burglary, cheating, robbery and criminal breach of trust.
Police believe unsettled debts and failed land deals were the motives of the murder.

All suspects had been remanded to facilitate further investigation into the case. – BERNAMA


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