TEENAGE SUSPECT: Close relative admits to killing after police question him about his hand injuries
IPOH: JUST a week shy of his 40th birthday, a prominent timber trader was found dead at his house in Taman Bersatu yesterday, and a 15-year-old close relative is suspected to be the killer.
The body of Jaswant Singh, 40, was found in a room at the ground floor of his double-storey house with stab wounds in his abdomen.
It is learnt that the victim and his relative were at home alone when the incident occurred at 1am.
Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dzuraidi Ibrahim said the teenager turned up at the Simpang Pulai police station at 1.30am to lodge a report.
In his report, he claimed to have found Jaswant's body and there were signs of forced entry into the house.
"However, the boy later admitted to the crime after being questioned about the slash wounds on both his hands."
Dzuraidi said police also recovered two bloodstained knives, which were believed to be the murder weapons, at a playground in Kampung Baru about one kilometre away from the house.
"A Mercedes Benz, believed to be used by the boy to dispose of the knives, was seized."
Dzuraidi said initial investigations revealed that the close relative was motivated by anger because the victim was allegedly abusive towards his wife.
"The boy has been remanded for a week for further investigations. The victim's body was sent to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for a post-mortem."
When met at the hospital's forensics unit, the victim's eldest brother, Inder Singh, 65, said his brother's death came as a shock for him.
"I last met him and his wife during a dinner party last week and both of them were in good spirits.
"There were no signs of him facing any problem and he did not share any trouble concerning his family."
Inder also said he was not aware of a strained relationship between his brother and the close relative.
"He used to tell me what a good hockey player he (the relative) was... I don't remember him complaining about the boy."
A close friend, who only wanted to be known as Raja, said the victim was a charitable person.
"He is known for being generous towards community projects and recently, he donated RM10,000 to a gurdwara in conjunction with Vaisakhi last month."
It is learnt that a grand celebration had been planned for the victim's 40th birthday on May 11.
He leaves behind his wife, Kamaljit Kaur, 35, and two sons.