IPOH: An unpaid debt and drugs are the main motives police are looking into in connection with the murder of Mohd Hosni Fadzli Mohd Amin.
Police had their first breakthrough when they detained a man, in his 20s, to help in investigations.
They believed that “money problems” were the cause behind the killing of the 21-year-old engineering graduate whose body was left at a private hospital here last Monday.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Wan Mohamad Wan Abdullah disclosed this yesterday but declined to elaborate.
It is, however, learnt that Hosni owed money to a group of people and was attacked when he was unable to repay the loan.
SAC Wan Mohamad also did not rule out that another motive could be drugs.
“The victim died after being hit in the chest with a blunt and hard object,” he said, adding that police were still probing whether the victim was under the influence
of drugs when the incident took place.
He stressed that his officers have yet to receive the complete post-mortem report.
SAC Wan Mohamad said the man, who was detained here on Friday night, was brought before magistrate Al-Muhammad Mukmin Abd Ghani who granted a seven-day remand order that ends on Friday.
He said Federal CID chief Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Som had also met with state police to ensure the case would be completed quickly.
SAC Wan Mohamad said the police were investigating whether the six suspects they were looking for had fled the country.
The six are Azman Ismail @ Man Datuk, 23, from 1, Jalan Watson, Ipoh; Mohd Nizam Ariffin @ Tok Mat Crane, 24, from 277, Hala Jati Meru 21, Kg. Tersusun Jelapang Jaya; Mohd Shafiq Mohd Salleh @ Boy @ Boboy, 21, from 139, Persiaran Cempaka Sari 1, Taman Cempaka; Mohd Faizal Radzali, 23, from 1, Persiaran Cempaka Sari 13, Taman Cempaka; Mohd Hafiz Ibrahim @ Tony, from 27, Jalan Dato Dzamanhuri, Rapat Setia; and Sharizal Idrus 24, whose address is unknown.
SAC Wan Mohamad said police seized two cars, believed to have been used during the attack.
When asked if the suspects were members of any gangs or had been involved in other criminal activities, SAC Wan Mohamad said police were looking into it.
On whether the sons of a policeman and a former Datuk Bandar of Ipoh were involved, SAC Wan Mohamad said, “that is not relevant, and don’t touch on personal matters.”
He said those with information or who know the whereabouts of the six should contact Ipoh CID chief Deputy Supt Mazlan Mansor at 05-242 4222 or the state deputy CID chief Abdul Rahman Hasim at 05-245 1222.
“We are also calling upon the suspects’ parents, relatives and friends who know their whereabouts to contact us immediately or advise the suspects to surrender,” he said, adding that the public could also relay information to the police via SMS at 019-5492595 or 012-4963432.
In Penang, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin gave an assurance that no one was above the law and everybody would be treated equally.
“Those involved in crime, including VIPs and members of royalty, will be punished accordingly,” he said when commenting on Hosni’s murder.
He had also directed police to expedite investigations into the case and submit a detailed report to the ministry within the next few days.
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