INVESTIGATIONS COMPLETED: Another accused faces drug charge, while fate of woman suspect yet to be decided
JOHOR BARU: THE main suspect in the murder case of 5-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah or Dirang is expected to be charged in court today.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said the suspect would be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. He was one of the three suspects detained on March 1, the day when Dirang was reported missing.
Mokhtar said another suspect would be charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act. However, he declined to reveal whether the third suspect, a woman, would also be charged.
"We have completed our investigation and gathered all the evidence involving the case.
"I like to congratulate my officers from the state police contingent for their commitment and efficiency in carrying out the probe," said Mokhtar at a press conference after attending the 205th Police Day celebration in Setia Indah, near here, yesterday.
"Don't think that by setting a victim's body on fire will destroy all evidence of the crime," said Mokhtar.
On March 1, Dirang was reported missing when she did not return home after going out to buy instant noodles and eggs at a sundry shop near her Seri Delima flat in Bandar Seri Alam.
Police later discovered the charred remains of a child.
It was confirmed to be that of Dirang after a DNA test, which was carried out on the charred remains found in the Nusa Damai oil palm estate in Masai, matched the DNA collected from the child's mother, Roselyn Alan, 25.
On March 16, Dirang's biological father, Handri Yongot, 35, was cleared of the charges and deported to the Philippines, where he had come from before entering Malaysia without valid travel documents.
On Friday, the three suspects were brought to the court to have their remand, extended until March 30.