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(File pix) Siti Masitah Ibrahim’s grand aunt Zaharah Ismail and brother, Mohd Khairi Tarmizi Ibrahim (left), can’t hold back their tears at their home in Pekan yesterday. Pix by NSTP/Muhd Asyraf Sawal

KUANTAN: REVENGE and anger are believed to be the motive behind the brutal murder of 11-year-old Siti Masitah Ibrahim, whose decomposed body was found near some bushes in Tanjung Medang Kemahang, Pekan, on Saturday. State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Othman Nanyan said police had detained a suspect, a 23-year-old Cambodian, about 2am in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir here on Jan 31.

He said the suspect, who was the last person seen with Siti Masitah before she was reported missing, was a family friend who used to live in the same village.

“At first, the suspect did not admit his involvement behind Siti Masitah’s sudden disappearance but upon further questioning, he admitted to the crime. Revenge and anger towards Siti Masitah’s family are believed to be the motive behind the murder.

“A post-mortem revealed that Siti Masitah had been dead for seven to 14 days from a probable head injury.

“Three injuries were found on the left jaw, left side of the skull and behind her head,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Othman said police had seized a piece of wood believed to have been used by the suspect to hit the victim, which might have led to her death.

He said the suspect, who had no identification documents, had been remanded until Feb 17 under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

In the incident on Jan 30, Siti Masitah’s mother, Solihah Abdullah, 35, had lodged a police report about her missing daughter.

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