Body of hawker found in drain, four arrested


KOTA KINABALU: A 49-year-old local man who left his house for a drive during the early hours of Sunday (June 9) was found dead in a drain about 36 hours later in Tawau.

The man was identified as Jaafar Jalman, a local hawker from Kg Titingan, and he was found with stab wounds to his neck and chest at the Fajar township at about 5pm on Monday (June 10). His car was also missing.

Tawau district police chief Asst Comm Peter Umbuas said Tuesday (June 11) that they recovered a vegetable knife and screwdriver at the scene of the murder.

He said that four Filipino illegal immigrants aged 16 and 17 had been arrested in connection with the murder and added that they were picked up separately in various areas of the town on Tuesday.

ACP Umbuas said that the police believe that Jaafar was killed after he accused the teenagers of being snatch thieves.

He said that initial investigations showed that the victim had left his house in Kg Titingan, telling his wife that he was going for a drive at around 12.30am Sunday.

On Monday, a passer-by called the police to inform about a body found in a drain behind a store.

ACP Umbuas said that the victim had no identification documents or a mobile phone on him.

However, the victim was identified by his 39-year-old wife, who also informed police that his dark red Proton Wira with the licence plate SB 971 was missing.

“We had also reviewed CCTV recordings in the area,” ACP Umbuas said.

Jaafar’s body has been sent for a post-mortem at the Tawau hospital.