ROMPIN: Three more trainees from the Pinggiran Pelangi camp in Muadzam Shah near here have been arrested to assist in the murder of a fellow trainee – the first such crime committed in a National Service camp.
Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Jahaya said the three suspects – two aged 18 and the other 22 – were picked up at the camp on Sunday.
DSP Johari said all three have been remanded for a week until Oct 7.
“The remand order for the earlier three suspects, aged 17, 18 and 21, have also been extended until Oct 7.
“The case is still being investigated for murder,” he said.
DSP Johari said all six suspects were now being held at the district police lock-up, and police hoped to wrap up investigations before the end of the remand period.
“Once completed, the investigation papers will be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“It is up to the A-G to decide whether to press charges against those believed to be involved,” he said.
DSP Johari said the investigations took a longer time because it involved a group of trainees and police needed to be certain about the actual cause leading to the death.
Last Sunday, trainee Muhammad Suhaimi Norhamidi, 18, was found sprawled on the bathroom floor at their hostel.
He was believed to have been assaulted by a group of trainees for jumping queue during breakfast.
Earlier, Pahang deputy CID chief Supt Mohd Haris Daud told The Star that police would interview more trainees and did not rule out the possibility of making more arrests.
Two of the trainees arrested shortly after the incident had fractured their hands due to the blows they landed on the victim.
The victim was also believed to have had his head banged repeatedly against a cupboard during the assault in the dormitory.
After the vicious attack, he staggered to the bathroom before collapsing onto the floor.
Muhammad Suhaimi died without regaining consciousness at the Muadzam Shah Hospital.
The post-mortem report revealed that the victim died from internal bleeding in the head due to blunt force trauma.