The motive? Jealousy. Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the victim, Tin Mar Moe, 28, was allegedly killed by her 26-year-old boyfriend.
“Investigations revealed that the suspect was unhappy because the victim became close to another man. He confronted the victim, which led to a scuffle during which the victim died.”
The suspect has been remanded for two weeks to assist in investigations. Nik Ros Azhan said based on closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage at the scene, the victim alighted from a factory bus at 7.30pm. The suspect was seen waiting for her at the entrance of her hostel.
He said the suspect chased the victim into the compound of her hostel while holding a knife, and a scuffle ensued.
“During the scuffle, he is believed to have stabbed her no fewer than six times.
“The incident was witnessed by the bus driver.”
He said the suspect left behind a bag of belongings.
Nik Ros Azhan said a K9 unit was deployed and tracked down the suspect, who was hiding in a drain 70m from the crime scene.
A knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was found on him.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.