Wednesday, June 16

Estate worker found dead, four arrested to assist in probe

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MIRI: Police have arrested four Indonesians to assist in the investigation related to the discovery of a body at an oil palm estate in Marudi, Baram early Friday.

The deceased was identified as another Indonesian man, aged 45, who was among the plantation workers.

The body was discovered inside a ditch near the workers quarters at the site around 6.30am.

When contacted yesterday, acting Marudi police chief ASP Jaimi Hussin confirmed the case, stating that it was the estate’s supervisor who informed the police about the grim find.

“Initial investigation found that there were injuries on the victim’s neck, belly and left arm – all believed to have been caused by a sharp instrument,” he said, pointing out that the case is still under investigation.

However, inspection on the victim’s quarters produced some evidence that there was a fight there, judging by the signs of struggles and also some blood splatters inside the unit.

Police also confiscated a blood-stained vegetable knife and an ice-pick from the quarters, said Jaimi.

“The four suspects, aged between 16 and 28, are now being detained to facilitate police investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” he said, adding that the body had been sent to Miri Hospital for post-mortem.