SUNGAI BESAR: An argument over hiding an out-of-wedlock pregnancy is believed to be the reason why a restaurant waiter was murdered by her boyfriend at an oil palm plantation on Jalan Sungai Limau here on Monday (May 22).
Sabak Bernam district police chief Supt Agus Salim Mohd Alias said the suspect, a former college student, was arguing with the 21-year-old woman in a car before hitting her on the head and then killing her at the location at around 10pm.
Earlier, Agus Salim said his team received a report from the public regarding the discovery of a body of a local woman found burnt in the oil palm plantation area at around 8am on Tuesday (May 23).
He said they arrested a 20-year-old local man at a residence around Sungai Besar at 1.45 pm on Tuesday.
"According to preliminary investigations, the victim's body is believed to have been burned twice to disposing of any evidence at around 10pm (on May 22) and on Tuesday around 7am before it was found by the public," he told a press conference here on Wednesday (May 24).
He said the suspect allegedly beat and stabbed his lover with a kitchen knife and slashed the victim's stomach before burning the body on the night of the incident and returned to the scene the following day with a barrel filled with gasoline to finish off the gruesome task.
He said the man also disposed of evidence, including items belonging to the victim, around Jalan Lama, Kuala Selangor.
Agus Salim said checks revealed that the suspect had no criminal record. The suspect and victim were believed to have known each other since last year and the victim was around four months' pregnant.
He said the suspect was remanded for six days beginning Wednesday to assist investigations according to Section 302 of the Penal Code and the victim's body, which was 60% burnt, was at the Sungai Buloh Hospital for a post-mortem. – Bernama