SEREMBAN: The man who attacked two nuns at a church here will now face a murder charge as well. Sister Julianna Lim has died.
Sister Julianna, who had been on a life-support machine after being struck on the head with a helmet in the Church of Visitation compounds last Wednesday, breathed her last at about 3.25pm at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital (TJH).
Police have now classified the case as murder and have set up a special taskforce to apprehend the assailant.
Federal CID deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the taskforce would work round the clock to nab the culprit.
“We are studying every clue, including a CCTV footage of the man. We will find him (but) it is still not a hate crime,” he said yesterday. “The act will not go unpunished.”
After news of the attack broke, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin announced the setting up of the special team.
The 69-year-old nun of the Holy Infant Jesus Order was surrounded by her family and several members of the church when she died.
In the attack, which took place at about 6am on May 14, Sister Julianna and another nun, Sister Marie Rose alias Theresa Teng, 79, were repeatedly hit with a helmet by the man.
Sister Marie Rose, who suffered head injuries, has since been discharged.
They had just arrived at the church for morning mass with another nun in a car driven by Sister Julianna when the attack took place.
The third nun entered the church via the side door while Sister Julianna and Sister Marie Rose walked from the car park to the front of the building where the attack took place.
The church’s CCTV camera captured the assailant’s image on a motorcycle at the side entrance. He then made a U-turn and entered the compound about five minutes later.
The footage showed him running towards the nuns and leaving the compound on his motorcycle.
Apparently, the nuns only had a few ringgit each in their small handbags in addition to pocket Bibles and rosaries.
Sister Julianna will be buried at the Sikamat Christian cemetery on Friday after a funeral mass at noon.
Church of Visitation Parish Priest Father John Gnanapiragasam said Sister Julianna’s body would be at the Visitation Catholic Centre in Jalan Lee Sam.
A wake will be held at 8pm tomorrow and on Thursday.
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