Case in hand: SDCP Mohd Mokhtar (third from left) inspecting some of the items seized from the suspects during a press conference at the state police headquarters.
JOHOR BARU: Police arrested seven drug addicts believed to be involved in the murder-cum-robbery of Kota Tinggi Felda Semenchu Wanita Umno branch chief Zalifah Jamaluddin.
The 68-year-old victim, who owned several businesses and lived alone in Felda Semenchu, was found sprawled on the floor of her bedroom by her son who went to her home on Feb 28.
Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the suspects, aged between 23 and 27, were detained at several places in Kota Tinggi and Stulang Laut here on March 6.
“Initial investigation showed that the suspects tested positive for drugs and were from Felda Semenchu, with one them on the police wanted list,” he said in a press conference at the Johor police contingent headquarters yesterday.
SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said police recovered two mobile phones, three watches, jewellery and an ATM card belonging to Zalifah from the suspects.
The suspects are being remanded until March 21 and the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The suspects face mandatory death if convicted.
In an unrelated case, police detained five men in a house at Kampung Usaha Jaya, Tampoi, here, on March 4, at 11.30am and solved 18 house break-in cases in the area.
Police recovered, among others, a stolen motorcycle, a van, 12 parang, two DVD players, four mobile phones, a laptop computer and three rolls of wire cable.
Initial investigations showed three of them had criminal records and tested positive for drugs.