Rape suspect arrested after six years in hiding


SUNGAI PETANI: A man, wanted in connection with a cruel rape and murder case of a marketing executive six years ago, was arrested by the police on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old man, who has been on the run since 2006,  was ambushed and detained at the Kuala Lumpur In ternational Airport in Sepang, Selangor. It was learnt that  the suspect is the son of a prominent “Datuk” in the state.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief, Assistant  Commissioner Zakaria Ahmad, said the suspect had arrived  from Perth, Australia when he was picked up by the police.

“We never closed the investigation file for the case. In fact,  we had been updating new leads for the case every two weeks  since the murder.

“The police have been working closely with our coun terparts in other countries to locate the suspect,” he told  reporters.

Zakaria said police had also obtained a seven-day remand  order from the Sungai Petani magistrate's court here on  Wednesday.

The suspect landed on the police wanted list for his  suspected involvement in the murder of Chee Gaik Yap.

Chee was 25 when she was raped and murdered on Jan 15,  2006.

The victim was jogging with her younger sister when she  was abducted near a popular recreational club here at  7pm.

Her semi-nude body was found nine hours later with a  10cm wound on top of her head, while her neck was almost  severed.

A post-mortem confirmed that she was raped after being  knocked out by a heavy blow to the head.

It was learnt that police suspected the suspect's in volvement in the case following a DNA test conducted on him  when he was called to assist investigation six years ago.

The suspect however escaped arrest when he left the  country after performing the DNA test.

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