IPOH: What was supposed to be a fishing trip with friends ended in a tragedy after one of them was found dead in a water-filled trench at Tualang Tumbuh Mukim Pulau Tiga plantation in Kampung Gajah near here.
Muhammad Adib Muhammad Sham, 16, a SMK Seri Iskandar student, was found with severe injuries on his forehead, left arm and both knees believed to have been caused by an accident.
Perak Tengah OCPD Supt Barudin Wariso said police received a distress call on Monday at 11.57pm from by an auxiliary police at the plantation.
“Upon discovering the body, we did not find his MyKad on him. However, his body was identified by his brother.
“We found tyre marks about 50m from where the body was found. We also found some broken pieces of mirror, believed to be from a side mirror and traces of petrol nearby.”
Supt Barudin said after interviewing his family, police were informed that two of his friends had returned the victim’s motorbike earlier that evening.
“We found some visible scratches on the left side of the bike. Apparently the victim and his two friends had originally planned to go fishing on Monday.
“His friends left the fishing area after waiting for the victim until 7pm. On their way home, they found his bike, sling bag and a slipper.
“The two tried to call the victim but failed. They then brought the bike back and sought help from the villagers to find the victim.
“After nearly three hours of searching, they found the body, face down, in the trench, ” he said.
Muhammad Adib’s body was taken to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for a post-mortem.
Dr Mohd Shafiee, who conducted the procedure, determined the cause of death as drowning and not because of the injury to his forehead.
Supt Barudin said the post-mortem confirmed that the victim was still alive after the accident.
“It was believed that the victim went to the trench to clean up his wounds.
“Perhaps he lost his balance and fell into the trench, ” he said.
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