Car used in JB petrol station murder found

JOHOR BARU: A white BMW 520D that was used in the gruesome murder of a man at a Taman Pelangi petrol station has been recovered at an oil palm plantation in Pontian.

Johor Police Chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the vehicle was left abandoned with its registration number plate missing at the estate in Ayer Baloi, Pontian, about 65km from here.

He said it was spotted by members of the public at 3pm on Tues­day.

A police forensic team arrived and confirmed that it was the same car used to run over the deceased after four suspects stabbed him in the chest during the Dec 17 incident at the petrol station along Jalan Sri Pelangi.

“The car was one of two weapons used in the incident. The other is believed to be a knife.

“We have not found it yet, but we are working on it,” Comm Mohd Khalil told a press conference at the Johor police headquarters here yesterday.

He added that the vehicle was not a cloned car, but a legal one that has a rightful owner.

“Following this discovery, we will meet with the car owner to clarify a few things,” Comm Mohd Khalil said, adding that the case was more complex than it may seem to the public.

He said police were tracking down three more main suspects, in addition to investigating the 15 suspects who were arrested earlier.

Those arrested were all locals and four among them had been released, said Comm Mohd Khalil, adding that the other 11, including three women, were still under remand until Saturday.

“We are trying to gather as many facts as we can to build a strong case, as each of those involved had a role to play in planning and executing the murder.

“We also have to find out how the deceased’s car tyre became punctured in the first place because it was not caused by a nail,” Comm Mohd Khalil said.

It was reported that the 44-year-old victim had stopped at the petrol station to check his car tyres when he was attacked.

The incident was recorded by an onlooker, who then posted the clip on social media.

The victim died at the scene and the suspects threw some firecrackers before fleeing.

The BMW reportedly carried a fake registration number, which was the same as that of another vehicle in Ipoh.