A young woman was stabbed, slashed in the abdomen, and burned to death in a palm oil plantation on Jalan Sungai Limau, Sungai Besar, Sabak Bernam on Monday, following a disagreement about a pregnancy.
Sabak Bernam District Police Chief, Superintendent Agus Salim Mohd Alias, stated that the 20-year-old suspect allegedly drove the woman to the palm oil plantation in a car around 10 PM. According to him, the suspect, who is also a college graduate, arrived at the scene before the incident and got into an argument with the 21-year-old victim.
"The suspect, who had known the victim for a year, became angry when she refused to comply with his request to keep the pregnancy a secret, which was believed to be the result of their illicit relationship," he said during a press conference at the Iltizam Hall of the Sabak Bernam District Police Headquarters (IPD) on Wednesday.
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Agus Salim said that prior to the incident, there was a struggle between the two, and the man proceeded to beat the victim to death. "The man then acted cruelly by slashing the pregnant victim's abdomen before burning her body," he explained.
Agus Salim stated that the suspect, who burned the victim's body, returned home and came back to the crime scene the next day. Feeling uneasy, the suspect returned to the scene on his motorcycle at around 7 AM and once again set the victim's body on fire using petrol," he said.
He added that the man burned the victim, who also worked at a food stall, in an attempt to dispose of the body and tried to discard all evidence around Jalan Lama Kuala Selangor. Agus Salim explained that the discovery of the burned body was made by a member of the public who then contacted the police. According to witnesses, the woman's body still emitted smoke when discovered.
"Acting on the information received, the police arrested the suspect at a relative's house at 1:45 PM on Tuesday in Sungai Besar. "Upon investigation, the police found that the suspect had no previous criminal record and has been remanded for six days starting from Wednesday to assist in the investigation," he said.
He further explained that the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code (Act 574) and if found guilty, the suspect may face the death penalty. "The 60 percent burned body of the victim has been taken to Sungai Buloh Hospital for further forensic examination," he added.
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