Court orders remand of four suspects in murder case
INSEIN township court on Thursday remanded in custody four suspects in the shooting of a man after an argument over fencing fees for a plot of land in Yangon Region’s Hlaing Tharyar township, police said.
The four suspects were arrested on Wednesday a day after they allegedly shot to death Khin Maung Lwin after an argument over a K33 million (US$20,684) payment for fencing a plot of land, according to Hlaing Tharyar police.
The shooting happened on Tuesday morning in Padan village in Hlaing Tharyar. The suspects were identified as Saw Hla Mon, 39; Saw Tun Naing, 40; Phar Kyel, 31; and Saw Nyi Nyi Naing, 31.
“They drove to his house, went inside and shot him,” said U Myat Thu, MP for Hlaing Tharyar constituency 2.
Police recovered a .45 calibre pistol, a bullet, a Remington shotgun and five shells from the suspects.
Investigators found that one of the suspects – Saw La Mon – was an economic officer of the Karen National Union’s (KNU) Brigade 7, and the others were also members of the armed ethnic group.
“There were problems with the KNU here about fencing land. We heard that the person who was killed was into trading and cockfighting,” a villager said.