KUANTAN: Revenge is believed to have been the motive for the brutal murder of a girl whose body was found at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir, Pekan, last Saturday.
Pahang CID chief Othman Nayan said the police arrested a 23-year-old Cambodian man on Jan 31 after receiving a report on the disappearance of Siti Masitah Ibrahim, 11, also a Cambodian.
The girl was believed to have been killed on the day she was reported missing on Jan 30, and her body was found by villagers with her head detached and several internal organs missing.
“The suspect, who did not have identification documents, was known to the victim’s family and lived in the same village.
“After the body was found, he revealed his involvement in the matter,” Othman said.
Police seized a wooden weapon believed to have been used to beat up the victim.
He said the post-mortem showed the girl died of probable head injury and there were also injuries on her left jaw and skull.
Othman dismissed reports on social media that the missing organs were linked to human trafficking and organ harvesting activities.
“However, we do not rule out the possibility that the mutilation was caused by wild animals, and due to the fact the body was left exposed for a long period of time,” he said.
He also denied allegations that the police were slow to act, saying the arrest of the suspect took place soon after she was reported missing.
The girl’s mother, Zaleha Abdullah, 35, was reported as saying that the last time she saw her was on Jan 30 when she asked for RM1 to buy something from a nearby shop.
The suspect was arrested the following morning after witnesses claimed they saw the girl on a motorcycle ridden by the man.