Kidnap victim released


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 26 Oct 2003

By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD

JOHOR BARU: College student Chua Hsin Pei, who was abducted by two men in front of her house in Taman Perling here on Wednesday, has been released by the kidnappers. 

The 20-year-old was found at Jalan Swee Lam near a golf resort in Senai, some 20km from her home, by a resort employee at about 5.30am yesterday. 

State Police Chief Deputy Comm Datuk Musa Hassan said the victim had been admitted at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here for a check-up and placed under police protection.  

He added that although Chua looked fine physically, she was groggy. 

“We suspect that she had been drugged by the kidnappers. 

Chua: Kept asking for help in English, saying that she had been kidnapped.

“Although her clothes were intact and there was no sign of external injuries, we suspect that she could have also been sexually assaulted,” he told a press conference. 

DCP Musa said Mohamad Isa Larasak found the victim near the resort’s gate with her hands and legs bound with ski masks. 

“He helped to untie her, and the girl kept asking for help in English, saying that she had been kidnapped. 

“Mohamad Isa took her on his motorcycle to the resort office and later informed the Kulai police station,” he said.  

DCP Musa said police are investigating the case under Section 365 of the Kidnapping Act although the kidnappers had not demanded a ransom. 

“If the medical report shows that she had also been raped, we will investigate the case under Section 376 of the Penal Code as well,” he said. 

Chua was about to open the front gate of her house after returning from a jog at about 6.40am when two men dragged her into a grey Proton Wira. 

On being alerted by his 12-year-old son, her father Chua Lee Yeong tried to save her but the abductors managed to escape. 

The family then lodged a report at the Tampoi police station. 

DCP Musa said police were still trying to trace the car but faced difficulties since Lee Yeong could only remember the numbers on the registration plate and not the letters.  

He appealed to those who had witnessed the incident to contact the nearest police station.  

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