Student stabbed and thrown off balcony in PJ after row over debts and drugs

PETALING JAYA: A student was stabbed to death and thrown off a balcony here because of debts and a dispute over a drug distribution partnership, say the police.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said they were alerted of the incident at 1.17pm last Thursday (May 6).

"We received information that a man had fallen off the balcony of a building at Damansara Perdana here.

"Checks on the body revealed that the 24-year-old victim had fallen near a part of an under-construction building which was next door.

"Other injuries also led us to believe that he was murdered," he told reporters on Tuesday (May 11).

ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said based on intelligence and information, police from the Petaling Jaya Serious Crimes Unit (D9) arrested a 24-year-old student at a parking lot in Bandar Sunway at around 4.25pm on Sunday.

"Checks revealed that the suspect had injuries to both arms from a struggle with the deceased.

"He received at least 100 stitches at a private medical centre," he said, adding that they seized a mobile phone, house and car keys as well as a medical leave certificate.

ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said the suspect later led police to a house in Taman Sri Kuching, where his blood-stained clothes were found.

"He also led us to a vehicle in Subang Jaya where we found jeans, a T-shirt, cap and two pairs of shoes which had traces of blood," he said.

He added that a post-mortem revealed that the victim had been stabbed multiple times, causing massive bleeding.

"We believe the victim was thrown from the 26th-floor unit balcony after he died.

"The motive for the murder is believed to be dissatisfaction over debts amounting to RM25,000 and drug sales," he said.

The suspect, said ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin, did not have a prior record and tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The suspect has been remanded for seven days to assist in further investigation.

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