Man’s murder likely drug-related

KUCHING: The murder of a man — known as 20-year-old Damien (pic) — whose hands were tied at the back and later thrown into a ditch was probably due to drug issues, said Sarawak CID chief SAC Denis Leong.

Another issue was that he was interfering in one of the suspect’s family affairs.

When contacted by New Sarawak Tribune, Leong said five suspects were arrested after the body was found on Monday morning in a ditch along Jalan Samarahan.

From initial investigations, he said the deceased was having a drinking session with friends outside one of the suspect’s house at 7pm in Kampung Landeh.

At 9pm they started quarrelling and fighting. He was whacked with helmets and then tied up.

They then threw him into the ditch, but Leong said he was still alive when the act took place.

He believed that Damien could have drowned as he was thrown face down.

“All these are initial investigations. We may uncover new information as we go along,” said Leong.

Damien was born to Indonesian parents but was fostered to a Bidayuh family when he was a baby.

Friends went to the morgue to identify him yesterday.

The deceased had a history of drugs in the past and was known to run amok and attack his parents who refused to give him money for drugs.