RAUB: "I was unable to look at my younger brother's body which was in a terrible state. How could anyone do something like that to him?"
"My parents are traumatised and found it hard to accept what had happened," said a distraught S. Navanitha, 24, who is the older sister of 17-year-old D. Yugendran, whose body was found floating in Sungai RTP Lembah Klau here.
The Form 5 student had been beaten before his body was pushed into the river.
The remains of the teenager from Simpang Kallang were found during a search operation carried out by the Fire and Rescue Department at around 3.15pm yesterday.
Navanitha said on the midnight of Sept 8, her brother had informed her that he was going to send his friend to Taman Mas after he paid his last respect to a deceased relative.
"At that time, our mother did not suspect anything and was puzzled when he did not come home several hours later. His friend had sent several messages to him which went unanswered.
"We tried to look for Yugendran at several places that he usually likes to go to, and asked his friends (if they had seen him), however nobody knew where he was," she said.
Navanitha said the family only knew what happened to Yugendran after they were informed by the police that they have arrested a man who had admitted to beating Yugendran and thrown his body into the river.
She said police had also requested that the family head to the river to identify the body.
"Only my father went to the site of the incident. I was devastated when my father told me that the rotting body was that of Yugendran based on the pants he was wearing.
"As far as I know, Yugendran did not have any enemies, he was very sweet and close to our parents, and well-liked by friends and teachers in school," she said.
She said that her brother did not act strangely before the incident, although he did mention wanting to work at Genting Highlands after completing his SPM.
Meanwhile, Raub police chief Superintendent Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said that on Monday they had detained a 21-year-old man to assist with investigation into the case.
He said initial investigation revealed that the man, who was from Bayan Lepas, Penang, had followed Yugendran and then attacked the victim.
"The victim managed to run to the Sungai RTP Lembah Klau's river bank, where the suspect had hit him again with a piece of wood until he lost consciousness. He was then pushed into the river.
"We believe that the victim was still alive and had just passed out when the suspect pushed him into the river," he said.
Zahari said that the man had then shown the authorities the location where he had pushed the victim into the river.
A team from the Raub Fire and Rescue Department was then called in to conduct the search operation.
He said the body was recovered around 300m from the site of the incident.
Zahari said that the police found that the man's action was driven by revenge. The man had claimed that the victim had assaulted him in the past.
He said that the body of the victim was sent to Raub Hospital for a post-mortem before it was handed back to the deceased's family for burial.
He added that the man, who has a criminal record for drug offences, has been remanded until tomorrow to facilitate a probe under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.