GEORGE TOWN: The three suspects in the murder of economy rice seller Teh Teik Chye have been remanded for three more days to help with the investigation.
They are said to be close friends of the senior citizen, who was stabbed 27 times in the parking area of an apartment block in Jalan Perak, Jelutong on Tuesday (Dec 5).
George Town acting deputy OCPD Supt V. Saravanan said the remand on the trio, two men and a woman aged between 29 and 42, was extended after the original order ended on Friday (Dec 8).
They will now be held until Monday (Dec 11), he added.
"This is to enable us to carry out further investigations into the murder," he said.
Supt Saravanan said police urged anyone with information on the case to come forward.
The incident is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
"We are examining the closed-circuit TV footage from the location as well," Supt Saravanan added.
At 6.18pm on Tuesday, police were informed that people were fighting in the area.
A witness saw a man lying on the ground at the parking lot of an apartment block and called the police, as well as the victim's next of kin.
Police later found 27 stab wounds on the victim's chest, neck and abdomen, believed to be from a knife.
They said CCTV footage obtained from cameras near a lift and the apartment security office showed two suspects entering the area on a motorcycle.
Robbery was ruled out as the victim's belongings were untouched, they added.
The suspects were picked up at different areas in Jelutong several hours after the murder, Supt Saravanan had said earlier.
Teh, 60, sold economy rice at the public market at Perak Road. He lived in the apartment block and had children and grandchildren.