Police tell how Canny was abducted, raped and killed


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Jun 2003

BY LOURDES CHARLES AND BEH YUEN HUI

Canny's husband Brendon hugging ASP Muniandy at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters. On the left is Canny's mother Pearley Viswanathan.

PETALING JAYA: Police have confirmed that the charred remains of a woman found in Old Klang Road last week are those of Canny Ong. 

They also said her assailant acted alone when he abducted the marketing analyst from a basement car park on June 13 before he raped, stabbed, strangled and dumped her in a manhole. He returned the following day when he allegedly set fire to the body. 

A string of unsolved rape cum abduction cases in the city are now being re-opened to ascertain if they are linked to the 27-year-old prime suspect, who is now under remand. 

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Abu Bakar Mustaffa said results of DNA tests confirmed that the charred remains were of Canny. 

“Dental records seem to corroborate the DNA findings. We can conclusively say that we have found Canny – dead,” he told a press conference at the district police headquarters here yesterday. 

There were suspicions that Canny was murdered when the charred body of a woman was found in Old Klang Road on June 17. 

Canny’s husband Brendon Ong, two of Canny’s sisters and their parents,  

accompanied by two US embassy officials were at the police station on Saturday. Their fears were confirmed when police told them the DNA test results. 

Yesterday, they returned to the station where they were updated on the case by chief investigating officer Asst Supt S. Muniandy.  

Brendon was seen hugging ASP Muniandy as the family left the station.  

He thanked the police for being compassionate and professional in their investigations. 

The family was also asked to identify the earrings found at the scene where Canny's body was found at Old Klang Road. 

The family also discussed the claiming of her remains but no date or time was fixed. 

Police said yesterday that two detectives confronted the suspect who was with a woman in a Proton Tiara at a secluded area in Kelana Jaya the night she was abducted. 

They are trying to find out why the woman – believed to be Canny – did not seek help or call for help. 

Detailing the sequence of events of the incident that began on the evening of June 13 at the Bangsar Shopping Complex, SAC Abu Bakar said the abductor confronted Canny with a dagger and forced her into her Proton Tiara before crashing past the barrier at the basement car park at about 10.45pm.  

He drove to a secluded area in Taman Perindustrian Jaya in Kelana Jaya. 

At about midnight, two policemen conducting special rounds on a motorcycle spotted the Proton Tiara.  

They asked the driver for his identity card.  

Asked why police did not detain the driver at the time, SAC Abu Bakar replied:  

“The detectives approached the car and asked the driver what he was doing before asking him to produce his identity card. 

“The man handed over his and Canny’s identity cards.” 

He said the driver sped off as one of the detectives was jotting down the details. 

SAC Abu Bakar said the police were unaware of the abduction in Bangsar – Canny’s family were then in the midst of lodging a report with the Brickfields police. 

The two detectives went back to the Kelana Jaya station to lodge a report and handed over the two identity cards to their superiors. 

Some 90 minutes later, the suspect drove to a section of a road under construction in Taman Medan, off Old Klang Road, and parked by the roadside.  

Here, he allegedly raped, stabbed and strangled Canny before throwing her body into a manhole.  

He then drove to a petrol station in Jalan Pantai Baru where he bought some fuel. 

It is believed that he returned to the manhole in the early hours of June 15, using the petrol to set the body on fire. 

He abandoned the car in Taman Petaling Utama, Old Klang Road. 

Police recovered the car and towed it to the PJ district police headquarters but could not trace its owner because of a computer breakdown.  

On June 20, police picked up the suspect at 5.30am after staking out his Pantai Dalam house. 

“We strongly believe that the prime suspect in our detention is responsible for the abduction and murder but we still need a little more time to wrap up our investigations,” SAC Abu Bakar said. 

“Although we recovered more physical evidence on Sunday, there is still the need to get the forensic department to carry out tests to strengthen our case when we go to court,” he said. 

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Earlier reports 

Ministry orders inclusion of cameras for security in car parks June 23: Local authorities have been directed to get car park managements to install security cameras and ensure that they are monitored round the clock.  

Release woman, plead family membersJune 17: The family of a 28-year-old woman who was reportedly abducted at a shopping complex on Friday, has appealed to those responsible to release her as her father is seriously ill.  

Abducted woman may be dead June 18: The gruesome find of a charred body not far from where the police recovered the car belonging to Canny Ong who was abducted from the Bangsar Shopping Complex has given rise to fears that it might be her.  

Family believe Canny is alive June 19: The family of Canny Ong believe that she is still alive and are hoping for her return soon.  

Post-mortem shows woman brutally killed June 20: The post-mortem on a woman whose badly burnt body was found in a culvert in Old Klang Road on Tuesday found that she was brutally murdered as she had slash wounds all over her body and both her legs had been chopped off.  

Nabbed -- suspect in Canny Ong abduction June 21: Police believe they have solved the abduction of Canny Ong following the arrest of a prime suspect who was last seen with her and seizure of physical evidence from him.  

Surveyor saw semi-nude body in car June 22: A surveyor, who is helping police investigate the abduction of Canny Ong, saw the semi-nude body of a woman lying motionless in the back seat of a car at a construction site here early last Saturday.  

Canny’s personal items recovered by police June 23: Police recovered yesterday several personal items believed to belong to abduction victim Canny Ong and the suspect from the place where the charred remains of a woman were found in Old Klang Road last week.  

Groups: Onus on society to protect women June 23: It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure women’s safety, and the burden should not just be placed on the woman, three non-governmental organisations said. 

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