Indonesian shipyard worker found murdered
Posted on August 6, 2012, Monday
SIBU: A shipyard worker was found murdered yesterday afternoon at his hostel doorsteps in Rantau Panjang, an industrial zone located about an hour’s ride from here.
Police are not ruling out the possibility that the gruesome crime could be due to an armed robbery as only RM2 was found on the victim.
They said the victim, a daily-paid worker identified only as Hartono from Sambas, had received his salary on July 30, but police did not find his money when they combed the scene.
However, Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail was quick to tell reporters at the crime scene that it was still too early to nail the murder to robbery.
He said the case had been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code that carries the mandatory death sentence for those found guilty.
Shafie said Hartono, 25, had a stab wound on his chest and two on his stomach.
More than 20 police officers and men and a pathologist rushed to the crime scene when they were alerted of the murder at about 2.45pm.
‘The victim could have been attacked while sleeping’
“We believe this divorcee could have been attacked while he was napping. He could have staggered to the door for help before dropping dead at the steps.”
Yard workers said they believed when Hartono finished his morning shift yesterday, he had gone to his hostel which he shared with two others.
They added that one of his housemates had returned to Indonesia, and believed the other was in town when the murder occurred.
Police said preliminary investigations found that another of his countrymen who was working in the same yard had called on Hartono at 2.30pm.
The man, identified only as Hermanto, found Hartono lying in a pool of blood.
Before the murder, police believed Hartono had cooked for himself and had his lunch before taking an afternoon nap.