Sarawak Cops Closing In On 4 Suspects Over Sungai Arip Murder Case

Police have stepped up investigations into the murder case and are closing in on four alleged suspects.
Police have stepped up investigations into the murder case and are closing in on four alleged suspects.

SIBU – Sarawak police are closing in on four men believed to have been involved in the shooting case in Sungai Arip, Balingian near Mukah on Monday.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said police were still investigating the background of the suspects and the connection they have with a plantation company.

“Their names and pictures have been circulated to the press to be published. Members of the public are urged to lodge a report if they have information about the suspects,” he said in a statement here.

Dev Kumar said eight men had been detained so far and that they were being remanded until Nov 2 to facilitate investigations.

Three of them, aged between 27 and 38, were detained when they came to lodge a police report claiming that the Toyota Hilux they were in was shot at by villagers in Sungai Arip, he said.

Dev Kumar said checks by police revealed that there were several traces of what was believed to be gunshots on the car.

He said five other suspects, aged between 18 and 65, including three community leaders had been detained.

“Two shot guns and its bullets were seized. Also seized were other items related to the case,” he said.

In the 5.35pm incident, members of the public alerted police about the shooting case.

A team from Tatau police headquarters who arrived at the scene at 8pm found the body of a man lying face down and holding a machete on a road leading to Sungai Arip Plantation.

The deceased, identified as Fabian Janti Lebau, 26, from Miri, had wounds in the head and body, believed to be shot at and stabbed with a sharp object.