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Thursday November 22, 2012

Lorry firm boss hacked to death

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A lorry transport company operator was slashed to death by two parang-wielding men in Jalan Tembikai 1 here.

The attack on N. Mugesh Egmond, 36, was so vicious that his left hand was chopped off. Police believe the assailants took off with the limb as it could not be found at the scene.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said Mugesh was with a friend, K. Jeysigen, 33, at his office when two men wearing masks suddenly dashed inside at about 3.30pm yesterday.

“They started to attack Mugesh and when Jeysigen tried to help, they also attacked him. Mugesh managed to escape but they gave chase and caught up with him after about 40m, and continued the attack.

“The assailants only left when Mugesh collapsed but before leaving in separate cars, one of them set fire to a lorry which was subsequently put out by a worker,” he told reporters at the district police headquarters.

SAC Mazlan said Mugesh’s arm was severed in the attack but it was nowhere to be found leading the police to believe that one of the assailants took it along with him.

“Mugesh was rushed to the Seberang Jaya Hospital but died on the way. His friend was also slashed on his arms and legs and was admitted to a private hospital on the island in a stable condition.

“We have identified a suspect and will be picking him for questioning pending investigations into the case which has been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” he added,

SAC Mazlan said those with information on the incident were urged to call the police hotline (04-2691999), or any police station to help in investigations.

Lorry driver A. Nagappan, 54, said Mugesh was a nice boss who was concerned about the welfare of his workers, adding that he only moved his business to the present premises two months ago.

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