PARIT (Bernama): A man believed to be an Indonesian who was found dead at a sand quarry in Batu 9 3/4, Bota Kanan, here, earlier Friday (Jan 24), is suspected to have been murdered.
Perak Tengah district police chief Supt Barudin Wariso said police received information from the public, which led to the discovery of the body about 8.20am.
He said a preliminary examination of the body of the man, who could be in his 30s and clad only in a pair of jeans, revealed bruises on several parts of the body, apart from head injuries believed to be caused by a sharp object.
“We believe the victim struggled before he died, as his right middle finger was found almost severed, possibly due to scuffles in several places around the area, before he collapsed at the spot he was found, ” he told reporters at the crime scene.
Supt Barudin said based on the condition of the body, the victim was believed to have been killed 10 hours prior to being discovered, and there were no identification documents on the victim.
He added that police were investigating the background of the victim while the murder weapon had not been found yet.
He said the victim's body was sent to the forensic department of Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh for a postmortem, and the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Meanwhile, a witness at the scene who wished to be known only as Bakong, 30, said while sending his mother to work, he was shocked to see a man lying on the path to the entrance of his mother's office at the quarry.
Bakong said he then contacted his friend, who is also the supervisor at the quarry company, and the latter then informed the police.
“As far as I know, he (the victim) worked part-time at the quarry here. It was shocking to see him lying there with bruises and some blood on his head, ” he said. – Bernama