IPOH: Post-mortem results show that the man who was killed during a fire in a double-storey house in Ipoh Garden East here on Friday (May 22) suffocated to death.
When contacted on Saturday (May 23), Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the post-mortem report on the victim, identified as M. Paramanandan, 42, found that he had died from smoke inhalation.
Asst Comm A. Asmadi said the man had mental illness, and police had grounds to believe he committed suicide.
“He had tried to kill himself before," he said.
“Firemen smelled the stench of alcohol in the room,” he said.
“There was also a lighter and a can of insecticide in the room. The case has been classified as sudden death,” he added.
It was reported that firemen found the victim on fire during the morning incident.
ACP Asmadi said there were five other tenants staying in the house, which belonged to the victim’s family.
“One of the tenants was cooking in the kitchen and was unaware of the fire.
“He was only aware of the fire when the firemen came,” he said, adding that the four other tenants, all foreigners, were not in the house during the incident.
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