KOTA KINABALU: A police inspector is now the key suspect in the murder of a widow in Sabah’s interior district of Keningau.
As investigations into the case take a new twist, police have remanded a CID investigating officer for questioning into the killing of single mother Kartini Borhan at her rented house in Taman Adika in the wee hours of Sept 29.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said the 29-year-old officer, who was Kartini’s friend, was detained on Tuesday to facilitate investigations into the case, which has garnered publicity in the state.
Police, he stressed, would not protect anyone, including their own, if they were found to have broken the law.
“If there is enough grounds to detain him, we will do it. Nobody is above the law. At this stage, he is a suspect,” Khalid said after launching Ops Utama Perdana here yesterday.
Khalid said police were also investigating if a third person was involved and whether there was a relationship between the suspect and the widow.
Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Hamza Taib, who was also at the press conference, said the inspector was detained under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code for questioning.
“The investigation is under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder,” he said, adding that the suspect, attached to the Keningau CID for seven years, could be remanded for up to two weeks.
However, Hamza declined to reveal if police had uncovered the murder weapon.
Kartini, who was stabbed, died while the inspector suffered a fractured leg and hand and had multiple stab wounds during a fight with an assailant, who the officer claimed had broken into the woman’s house.
The inspector had also maintained that he arrived at the house at about 4.40am following a distress call from Kartini and saw her struggling with an unidentified man armed with a knife.