Identity of tycoon’s murderer still unknown

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  • Saturday, 18 Dec 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police are still trying to establish the identity of the man involved in the murder of Sabah tycoon Datuk Wong Tze Fatt and his wife Datin Lee Bee Hee on Dec 9. 

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Bakri Zinin said no one has yet claimed the body of the man, who was killed in the fire he started in Lee’s room soon after allegedly murdering the elderly couple. 

He said yesterday that the remains of the man, who was found with a company identification card bearing the name Den, was being kept at the Queen Elizabeth hospital mortuary here. 

SAC Bakri said police believed the man, who was working as a labourer, was of Filipino descent but those among the migrant community claimed not to know of him. 

“We are hoping to get in touch with his family to get more details about him,” SAC Bakri said. 

He said investigations indicated that the man had broken into Wong’s bungalow house atop Signal Hill here by forcing open a window. 

He said Wong, 84, was likely to have encountered the intruder who attacked him before turning to Lee, 82, whom he strangled with a plastic cord. 

In another development, SAC II Bakri said Interpol was liaising with the Philippines National Police in the identification of three skeletal remains believed to be those of the abducted East Ocean tugboat crew – Malaysian engineer Toh Chiu Tiong of Sibu and crane operator Wong Siu Ung, 52 of Miri and their Indonesian skipper Walter Sempel, 53. 

The remains were recovered by Philippines marine forces at the southern Tawi Tawi island last month.  

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