Three arrested over murder of widower

Goh Pei Pei

SARIKEI: Police believed they have solved a murder case involving a 52-year-old widower, whose decomposed body was found at an oil palm plantation in Ulu Sungai Ensulai here last week.

This came after the arrest of three people, who were picked up from two locations here today, to facilitate investigations into the murder of Jampong Jon.

Jampong’s body, believed to be a few days old, was found by the plantation manager at 11.20am on Saturday.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said post-mortem results showed that there were several stab wounds on Jampong’s body and that the latter had succumbed to his injuries.

“Investigation was conducted under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, for which, the first suspect was arrested at a longhouse in Sungai Entebu Sari near here at about 2pm.

“The suspect, 28, who is a labourer, admitted to have committed the offence,” said Dev, in a statement, today.

Dev also said police also recovered the knife used to stab the victim, at the same house.

The second and third suspects, age 37 and 34 respectively, was arrested at another longhouse in Sungai Sentebu at 6.30pm.

Preliminary investigation showed that the suspects and the victim had been drinking together on March 15.

However, the drinking session turned ugly when the first suspect and the victim got into an argument over an “incident in the past”, which led to the victim being stabbed several times.

The second suspect was said to have held the victim down when he was being stabbed. The third suspect is believed to be an accomplice as he was present at the murder scene.

One of the suspects had later dragged the victim and hid the body in the bushes.