The Vietnamese wife of the victim who was brutally killed at a petrol station in Johor Baru last night has claimed her husband’s body.
- Victim believed to be a Chinese man known by the nickname “Ah Chiu”, wife a Vietnamese
- Car plate number belongs to Shah Alam man, possibly duplicated by killers
- Fake news of murder on social media – suspects arrested, photos of purported suspects, photo of crashed white car along Johor expressway supposedly used by suspects
A few people, believed to be relatives and friends of the deceased were seen waiting for his body to be released from the Hospital Sultan Ismail mortuary at about 10am this morning. Among them was the wife, who collected the body at around 2.10pm.
Clad in a black t-shirt, she was seen crying as the undertakers loaded her husband’s coffin into a white hearse.
It is not yet known where the body would be taken to for the wake and funeral.
The 44-year-old deceased, whose nickname is believed to have been “Ah Chiu”, was stabbed in an attack by four suspects, who then ran over him twice in their white BMW.
A video of the horrific attack, taken by an eyewitness, has since gone viral.
News has also been circulating on social media that the Road Transport Department (RTD) records showed that the plate number ‘WB79L’ on the white BMW 520d used by the four killers is confirmed to be registered under a white 2015 BMW 520d belonging to a 55-year-old man residing in Shah Alam, Selangor.
The Malay Mail, citing an unnamed source familiar with the case, reported that the police are looking at the car owner’s relationship with the case as initial investigations revealed that the owner did not have any prior criminal records.
The reported added that sources said there may be a possibility that the man’s car registration plate was forged – that it may have been duplicated and used by the actual suspects.
Apparently, the owner lodged two reports in the past 10 years over his car; one for a car break-in at Gurun, Kedah, in 2010 and another a traffic police report in Ipoh, Perak, in 2015.
Meanwhile, Johor Criminal Investigations Department chief Datuk Azman Ayob appealed to the public to stop spreading rumours that police have caught two people suspected of involvement in the murder at the Shell petrol station.
“Police deny the viralled photos of two arrested suspects were connected to the murder case.
“The public should stop circulating incorrect and inaccurate information online,” Azman said.
A photo of a partly crashed white car along an expressway in Johor purported to belong to the suspects has also been making its rounds on social media.
The white car was a Toyota Camry involved in an accident with a trailer along the Senai-Desaru Expressway last night and was not the white BMW 520d used in the murder.
Earlier report: Dec 18, Police Refute Rumours of Arrests over Johor Petrol Station Murder