One of the suspects being arrested.

Suitcase murder

SIBU: The death of a 37-year-old woman, who was found with her lower body stuffed into a suitcase in Jalan Aman here, was believed to be caused by asphyxia and blunt force trauma.

Sibu District Police Chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said this in a statement today after receiving a full report based on the autopsy on the victim’s body performed by the forensic physician of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Dr Norliza Ibrahim.

According to him, the post-mortem was done on the victim, Heng Meow Lin from Perak, on Tuesday at 7.45 pm at Sibu Hospital.

“Dr Norliza found that the victim’s cause of death was asphyxia, whereby strong pressure was applied on the neck, and head injuries due to blunt force trauma.

“The victim also showed signs of self-defence,” he added.

Stanley said police are still investigating the motive for the case.

He added that the remand detention of the two suspects from Kuala Lumpur, a man and a woman both aged 38 who are acquaintances of the victim, has been extended until Oct 19 after it ended on Wednesday.

The victim’s body was found by a pedestrian around 6.30 am at Jalan Aman road on Oct 6.

Bruises were found on the victim’s face and neck and she was believed to have died a few hours before her body was found.

Two handwritten notes were also found next to the body.

The two suspects were arrested in a house in Jalan Tong Sang at 3.45pm on the same day.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.