| James Kon |
THE police are looking for two “persons of interest” to facilitate investigations into the Shahbandar murder case of Chin Mei Fong.
Chin, 39, was found dead and sexually assaulted on September 8 after a missing persons report was lodged over her disappearance the day before.
The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) revealed the photofit and description of the two during a press conference yesterday.
Supt Hj Khairur Rijal bin Hj Abu Salim, Head of the Special Investigation Unit, said the men are believed to be foreigners.
“They are between 30 and 40 years old. The men measure around 5’5 to 5’7 in height and are of slim build. They have short, black hair and have a very dark skin tone,” he added.
Assistant Commisioner of Police (ACP) Mohd Irwan bin Hj Hambali, Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said police believed this was “an important breakthrough which will certainly assist us in the investigation”.
He, however, maintained that the men were merely “persons of interest, not suspects” and that they could be “crucial witnesses”.
“Details regarding the two came from members of the public who were in the vicinity during the incident,” he said, adding that the duo “don’t have any link to the victim’s workplace.”
Supt Hj Khairur added, “In the past two weeks, we have interviewed more than 300 people, recording over 100 statements.
“We also went to the Shahbandar to collect intel information from frequent joggers and hikers.”
ACP Mohd Irwan also urged patience from the public as “we cannot hurry any crucial evidence that we have”.
“We must follow the investigative process. DNA analysis will take quite some time. There are many other aspects that we are currently looking into as well.
“We cannot provide a timeline yet but will update the public should there be any new development.”
Supt Hj Khairur added, “We are still waiting for the forensic results. In the meantime, we are confident there will be more forensic evidence acquired.
“For now, there is nothing to suggest whether the attack was premeditated or not.”
Those with any information on the whereabouts of the two men can contact Assistant Superintendent Pg Hj Naba’a bin Pg Hj Yusof at 2322004, 2322005, 2322006 or Hotline 993. Alternatively, they can visit the nearest police station.