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Tapah’s House Of Horror: Theft, Debt Appear To Be Motive Behind Murders Of Four

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IPOH: A twisted web of debt, failed land sale and theft appear to be the motive behind a series of murders in Tapah, all of which were believed to be perpetrated by members of one family.

Investigators believe that the gruesome acts occurred in the family’s ‘house of horror’ located just 50m off the town’s busy main road of Jalan Pahang.

The killings of four people were believed to have spanned a three-year period, starting with the disappearance of a man in October, 2012. Police obtained their much-needed break into the case based on a tip-off from the public.

Perak deputy police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said on Aug 25 this year, police received a report concerning the disappearance of a 46-year-old land broker.

Following a tip-off, police arrested four suspects – a 57-year-old mechanic, his 54-year-old wife, and their two sons aged 20 and 17 – at their home off the busy Jalan Pahang. The house is believed to have also served as a vehicle workshop.

Hasnan said that proved to be the catalyst behind the discovery of more victims. “Our follow-up investigations revealed that there were three other victims involved,” he said.

The first victim is believed to be the family patriarch’s former worker. A missing persons report was lodged over his disappearance on Oct 30, 2012. The second victim is believed to be a 56-year-old tour bus operator who was reported missing on March 1, 2014.

The third victim, a 54-year-old spare parts salesman, was reported missing on June 15, 2014. Police believe that the father, with a criminal record which included break-in, cheating, theft and criminal breach of trust, is now the main suspect.

Earlier today, sources said the man, a workshop owner, was picked up together with his family members at the family’s rented home on Oct 26.

The source said they believed a majority of the murders took place in the family home. “Some of the victims were killed before their remains were burnt and their bones discarded at a river behind their house,” said the source. Another victim was found buried in an oil palm estate.-The Star



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