JOHOR BARU: They were supposed to hold a wedding reception in just 20 days. But it was not to be. The groom brutally murdered his bride and their newborn baby at their home.
Pastry chef Hajar Nursyahirin Rosman, 26, and two-month-old Hans Mohd Thakif were found lying in a pool of blood near the front door of their home in Kampung Bakar Batu, Permas Jaya, here yesterday.
The man was arrested hours later, after being seen riding his motorcycle without any clothes on. Video clips of him riding the motorcycle naked have gone viral on social media.
Rosman Ahmad, 58, the woman’s father, received a call from his eldest son around noon.
“He told me there were some problems at Hajar Nursyahirin’s home but I already felt something was not right.
“I came here... it was the most shocking sight for any parent – my daughter and grandson were lifeless on the floor.
“It was heartbreaking to see the wounds on their necks,” he said.
Rosman believes the killer fled after committing the act.
Adam Abdullah, 55, the suspect’s father, was also at the scene. He was seen hugging and apologising to Rosman.
“I am so sorry,” said Adam but Rosman was forgiving. “It’s not your fault. I won’t hold it against you,” he replied.
Hajar Nursyahirin, the third of six siblings, and the 25-year-old man had solemnised their marriage last year and were supposed to hold a wedding reception on July 24.
They had prepared their ceremony attire and the arrangements at the venue, said Rosman, a restaurant owner.
He had never heard his daughter and son-in-law arguing.
“This is so shocking. He has always been soft-spoken and respectful of his elders.
“But I knew he had problems. He has not been able to find a job since quitting as a cleaner at a stadium in Iskandar Puteri.
“He then started working as a freelance ship cleaner in Pasir Gudang,” he said.
Norazlina Hamdan, 50, said her daughter, fondly known as Shirin among family members, never shared issues of any financial problems although she was close to her siblings.
“My heart broke when I arrived and saw the police line. My Shirin and her baby are gone. But I have to redha (accept fate),” she said, stony-faced.
“My daughter and son-in-law had known each other for a while, and he always seemed like a good person,” said Norazlina, who was too distraught to speak further.
Other members of suspect’s family were at the scene but refused to speak to the media.
The dead woman and the baby are expected to be laid to rest at the Kampung Bakar Batu Muslim cemetery today.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Raub Selamat said the suspect was detained in Permas Jaya around 2.45pm.
He was naked when arrested. Police found a meat cleaver, believed to be the murder weapon.
“Initial investigations showed that the incident took place at the house in Kampung Bakar Batu at about 12.30pm,” said ACP Raub.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Those who have information regarding the case are urged to contact the Johor Baru South police headquarters at 07-218 2323.