IPOH: A 26-year-old housewife was killed when a snatch thief grabbed her thali, resulting in her falling off her motorcycle and hitting her head near the Slim River Hospital.
Tanjung Malim OCPD Supt Othman Nayan said that in the 4.30pm incident on Saturday, M. Shemavarthini was on her way to fetch her aunt, who worked as a cleaner at the hospital.
“She was oblivious to three individuals trailing her on two motorcycles,” he said.
“One of them grabbed her thali from behind.
“This caused Shemavarthini to lose her balance and control of the motorcycle,” Supt Othman said.
“She fell, hitting her head on the cement curb along the road as her helmet had come off.”
A thali is a special gold chain worn by married Hindu women.
Supt Othman added that Shemavarthini was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead.
A post-mortem found the cause of death to be haemorrhaging in the brain.
Supt Othman said that only the victim’s thali, which was worth about RM5,000, was taken by the snatch thieves.
Police are looking for Farizul Hezry Mohamad, 29, whose last known address was at Taman Genting Permai, Batang Kali, Selangor and 16-year-old Shamsiah Asrik from Kampung Sungai Masin, Batang Kali to help in the investigations.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Tanjung Malim police station at 05-452 6999 or contact investigating officer Asst Supt Sila Kadong at 019-265 9641.