BINTULU: Police have arrested the main suspect in the murder of an oil palm plantation worker at Sebauh last Tuesday.
District police chief Supt Zulkipli Suhaili said the suspect, an Indonesian national in his 30s, was arrested during a raid at the workers’ quarters in Sebauh around 8.30am on Thursday (July 8).
Police seized a ‘badik’ knife, a pair of shorts and a shirt as well as a motorcycle.
“Following the arrest, we are confident that the murder case can be solved in the near future.
“Now we are in the process of completing the investigation paper and collecting case evidence to be referred to the deputy public prosecutor for further action,” he told the media at Bintulu police headquarters (IPD).
The alleged murder is believed to stem from debt issues between the suspect and the victim.
He stated that eight individuals consisting of six men and two women were detained to assist in the investigation.
Zulkipli said police received a call around 10pm on Tuesday from the manager of an oil palm plantation in Sebauh, pertaining to the discovery of a worker found covered in blood and unconscious inside a room of the workers’ quarters.
“According to eyewitnesses, they saw the deceased talking to the main suspect around 8pm.
“The suspect was seen chasing the deceased before they entered the room. Soon after, the suspect was seen coming out alone with a knife in his hand,” he said.
All the suspects are being remanded until July 21 to facilitate investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code and Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.