JOHOR BARU: A man was found hanged after he allegedly strangled his two children earlier in the day.
His wife, who had been suffering from kidney failure and on dialysis for the past four years, was also found dead in the living room of the double-storey house.
The deceased have been identified as R. Pubalan, 52, a liquor trader; his wife P. Jeya, 42; 14-year-old son P. Sharveen and nine-year old daughter Krishaan Priteena.
Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Noor Hashim Mohamad said the victims were found dead in separate areas of the house in Jalan Utama 41, Mutiara Rini by Pubalan's friend.
"According to Pubalan's friend, he had called him earlier and wanted to see him in the house," he told reporters at the crime scene here on Friday.
ACP Noor Hashim said when the friend arrived at the house, he saw a note placed on the car saying that the house was unlocked.
When Pubalan's friend entered the house, he saw Jeya's body in the living room and immediately went upstairs.
ACP Noor Hashim said the victim's friend saw Pubalan hanged in one of the bedrooms while the bodies of the two children were in another room.
"Initial investigations show signs of strangulation on the children's necks," he said.
However, there were no signs that Jeya might have been strangled and police are waiting for post-mortem results to determine if she had died due to her disease.
The family's neighbour C. Kumaran, 46, said the couple hardly mixed with their neighbours and spent most of their time indoors.
Kumaran, who works as a technician in Singapore, said he last saw Pubalan at around 9.30am.
"I saw him come back with some food for the family," he said.
Kumaran said the family only moved to the house in December last year.
ACP Noor Hashim said the case in being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.