Murder suspect often took boy’s family on outings

Noor Amila Edrus NorsyamKUALA LUMPUR: The family of Noor Amila Edrus Norsyam, who was killed and his body thrown into a bush in Kampung Kemensah, Hulu Kelang, yesterday is still puzzled that the motive for his murder had yet to be determined.

The five-year-old boy’s stepmother, Norrihan Bakar, 51, said so far the family had yet to receive any information from the police on the investigation.

“We hope the case could be resolved immediately and answer all questions that cropped up,” she said of her stepson. She said he had cared for him since he was nine months old. As she talked about Edrus, she held closely the blanket belonging to the boy.

She said her stepson was very close to her.

“Usually Edrus would go to the surau to pray with another one of his stepbrothers, but on the fateful day, he went to the surau alone to perform the Maghrib prayer.

Norrihan’s husband, Norsham Jali, 63, lodged a police report immediately after being told of the boy’s disappearance. The seven days until his body was found was a period of torment as they were worried about the boy’s condition as he was suffering from asthma.

Asked about the detention of the main suspect, a relative aged 26, Norrihan said there was nothing suspicious about the relationship between the man and Edrus, and he frequently took the family including Edrus on outings and for holidays.

Edrus, who lived with his father and stepmother in Jinjang Utara, was reported missing on Aug 11 and his body was found in a bush in Kampung Kemensah Hulu Kelang, at 12.30pm yesterday.

His case has been classified as murder and so far, only one individual was believed to be involved in the case.