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 familyâ€™s â€˜house of horrorâ€™ located just 50m off the townâ€™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. â€œOur follow-up investigations revealed that there were three other victims involved,” he said.
The first victim is believed to be the family patriarchâ€™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 familyâ€™s rented home on Oct 26.
The source said they believed a majority of the murders took place in the family home. â€œSome 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