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by tan sin chow
POLICE have recovered almost 90% of the gold which was earlier reported stolen from the Kovil Veedu Temple in Penang Street.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Mazlan Kesah said they had recovered about 1.8kg of the golden drape for the statue but the gold had since been smelted into bars.
It is learnt that the stolen gold is worth about RM500,000.
Temple caretaker P. Muthu, 81, was killed in the incident on Dec 19 last year.
SAC Mazlan said they had arrested 11 people, including the main suspect, a 23-year-old wireman, who was said to have gone into the temple during the incident.
He said the suspects were picked up at various places in Butterworth and Kulim several days after the incident.
He said four of them had been released, while three others would be remanded until Jan 15 to facilitate investigation.
He added that several others were expected to be charged in court soon.
“Among the suspects nabbed were the middleman who arranged for the sale of the stolen gold, two goldsmith shop owners who bought the gold and the goldsmith who smelted the gold.
“We have also seized RM60,000 believed to have been generated from the sale of the gold and the equipment used to smelt the gold.
“The case is considered solved,” he said during a press conference at the state police headquarters yesterday.
In the incident, Muthu, who was also the temple clerk, was found murdered with slash wounds on his neck and a cloth stuffed in his mouth.
A post mortem revealed that the octogenarian had died of suffocation.
The murderer is believed to have scaled the wall to enter the temple and escaped via the back door.
Police subsequently released a CCTV footage which showed a suspect inside the temple during the incident.
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