MIRI: A furniture shop worker was arrested while trying to dump the body of his girlfriend’s daughter, whom he was believed to have murdered earlier.
A police patrol team on rounds spotted the man standing outside of his car in an alley near some bushes in Jalan Perlis, Kuala Baram, near here, at 5.55pm today.
The man was acting suspiciously while the boot of the Proton Iswara was left open.
When he spotted the police patrol car, the man immediately shut the boot of the vehicle, jumped into the car and sped off.
Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said a 5km-long chase ensured before the Iswara was cornered at a junction in Miri Port.
“The patrol team instructed the man to open the car boot, where they found the body of teenage girl,” he said in a statement.
Preliminary checks showed the victim, 13, the younger of two sisters, was the daughter of the man’s girlfriend.
Dev said the man had been living with his girlfriend and her two daughters at a house in Permyjaya, here.
“Initial investigations showed an argument had occurred between the man and the victim when her mother and sister were not around in the house at about 11am. The argument turned fatal when the man became aggressive and choked the victim to death.
“In attempt to hide the murderous act, the man wanted to dump the body of the victim in the bushes, but his attempt was foiled by the patrol team,” he said.
Dev congratulated the two policemen in the patrol car, saying that this was a classic example of work by observant policemen.