Thursday, January 22, 2009


Murder of bus conductor solved with eight nabbed


Police believe they have solved a murder case within 48 hours with the arrest of eight men, including teenagers, during separate raids here earlier this week.
District Police Chief DSP Madang Usat when disclosing this yesterday, said the victim, identified as Yap Tet Loi, succumbed to serious head and body injuries eight hours after he was found unconscious at a walkway in the Towering area around 7.3Oam on Monday.

“The victim, who worked as a bus conductor, was rushed to the hospital but died the same day at around 8.4Opm. We believe that he was hit badly before he was left in the area,” he said.

Following a public tip-off, Police arrested two suspects on Jan 20 at around 5.3Opm in the Towering area and another group of eight men at the same place at 4.3Oam the next day. All of them are locals aged between 14 and 51.

Madang said the case would be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, and they face the mandatory death penalty, if found guilty.

“We are still investigating the motive behind the attack and murder,” he said.

In an unrelated incident, Police arrested a school bus driver who had allegedly raped one of his passengers.

The 34-year-old local man was picked up after a secondary school student lodged a Police report over the rape which occurred on Jan

“In the 17-year-old victim’s report, she claimed that the bus driver had purposely sent the other students home, leaving her alone in the bus.
“He then took her for a ride before finally making a stop at a place near Sungai Moyog around 7pm where the rape took place. He raped her in the bus before sending her home,” said Madang.

He added the victim related the incident to a teacher who later accompanied her to lodge a Police report on Jan 16.

The suspect was subsequently picked up the same day.

“We will be investigating the case under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape and he may face 20 years jail and liable to whipping if found guilty,” he said.