| James Kon |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) has classified the case of a local Chinese woman who was found dead in Bukit Shahbandar on Monday as murder.
According to the post-mortem report, the cause of death was strangulation by hands and that there had been traces of sexual assault.
The latest updates on the case were disclosed by senior officials from the Criminal Investigation Department of the RBPF yesterday.
According to Assistant Commisioner of Police (ACP) Mohd Irwan bin Hj Hambali, Acting Director of Criminal Investigation Department, the body of Chin Mei Fong, 39, was found at around 6.15am on September 8 around the vicinity of the fifth pondok (hut) of Bukit Shahbandar after the deployment of tracking dogs from the Gurkha Reserve Unit along with personnel from the Police Reserve ‘C’ Company Unit.
A coroner and pathologists from RIPAS Hospital were called to the crime scene to examine the body. The body was later transported to RIPAS Hospital pending further investigations.
Following a post-mortem on Tuesday, the case was classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
When asked if the body was found near the trail, ACP Mohd Irwan said: “The body was found in a 20-metre deep ravine by the tracking dog of the Gurkha Reserve Unit. The body was found exposed to the environment.
“The victim was wearing a blue T-shirt, a pair of short black pants and a black pouch. Nothing was stolen from the victim.
“The RBPF believes the incident took place between 4pm to 6pm on Sunday (September 7). She was alone at Bukit Shahbandar.”
The RBPF are still on the hunt for the perpetrator.
Even though some eyewitnesses have come forward, Superintendent of Police, Hj Khairur Rijal bin Hj Abu Salim from the Special Investigation Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department, urged more people, especially those who were at Bukit Shahbandar between 4pm and 6pm last Sunday, to assist the police by providing any information.
Members of the public who have any information on the case can contact Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Pg Hj Naba’a bin Pg Hj Yusof via telephone 2322004, 2322005 or 2322006. Alternatively, information can be relayed at the Criminal Investigation Department at Jalan Ong Sum Ping or via hotline 993 or any nearby police station.
Bukit Shahbandar was open to the public yesterday after it was temporarily closed by the RBPF since it was a crime scene. “We had to cordon off the area because we want our investigations to be thorough,” said Hj Khairur Rijal.
On the delay in finding the body, ACP Mohd Irwan said the report was only lodged at 8pm on Sunday and because of this, it hindered search and rescue efforts. Furthermore, it was drizzling and windy.
“The search was conducted across a vast area as we did not know where she had gone to,” he added.