MELAKA: A cold case involving the murder of a 56-year-old woman, found clad only in a towel, at her home was solved when the suspect returned to the crime scene on July 9.
Police were initially clueless after the victim was found strangled after a break-in at Kampung Tg Limau in Pulau Sebang, near the Negri Sembilan border, on April 29.
Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan said investigations found no evidence at the crime scene.
“The victim, who is unmarried, was the daughter of an eminent person and was living in the house, all by herself,” he said, yesterday.
The police hit the jackpot when the 28-year-old suspect decided to try his luck by breaking into the same house on July 9.
“We received information about the break-in and managed to nab him,” he said.
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that he had broken into the woman’s house previously but did not expect the victim, who was in the bathroom, to see him ransacking her house.
The suspect strangled her before leaving with the loot and came back after nearly three months, hoping to get more of her belongings, said DCP Abdul Jalil.
Separately, he said police detained 23 novice bookies who attempted to make easy money during the recent FIFA World Cup.
The suspects, aged between 20 and 50, offered online betting through mobile phone gambling apps.
DCP Abul Jalil said the bet was not only confined to the number of goals scored but which team received the most number of yellow and red cards.
In a nutshell, there were 32 types of bets offered to punters, he said.
DCP Abdul Jalil said the suspects were detained at various locations in the state since June 15 and RM21,776 were seized by police.
Police also detained a couple who used social media to promote stolen motorcycle parts to buyers.
They were caught off-guard when police posing as buyers arrested them and crippled the motorcycle theft gang known as Fariq Gagap.
DCP Abdul Jalil said three other members were arrested.
They included an assistant engineer, 29, who worked at a higher learning institution and a 17-year-old school dropout.
He added the gang leader, 25, with the help of his girlfriend, 19, actively posted pictures of the stolen parts in their social media account.
Police solved 17 motorcycle thefts reported in the state, this year.
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