Deaf-Mute Suspect Arrested over Tanjung Sepat Murder-Arson

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Police believe they have cracked the case involving the murder of a family of four in Tanjung Sepat on Wednesday, with the arrest of a man at 1am this morning.

  • Murder-arson a one-man show
  • Deaf-mute suspect was boyfriend of murdered couple’s daughter
  • Argument over money triggered the crime

The 38-year-old furniture factory worker, the sole suspect in the case, was the boyfriend of the murdered couple’s only daughter.

Like the elderly couple’s daughter, two sons and their wives, the suspect is also a deaf-mute.

The man’s arrest led police to believe the financial issues he was experiencing were the main motive and trigger behind the incident.

“A team from the Selangor Serious Crimes Unit (D9) arrested the suspect at a shoplot along Jalan 10/40 in Taman Pusat Kepong,” Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor told reporters today.

“The arrest was made following investigations and information that was channelled by the public,” he added.

Mazlan said it is believed that the suspect had gone to the elderly couple’s home that fateful night and asked for a cash loan.

“When the couple refused to give him money, he became enraged and apparently attacked them with a wooden stick and a knife. 

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“When he realised the victims were unconscious, the suspect supposedly overturned the couple’s motorcycle parked in the porch, and set fire to the fuel spewing out of its tank,” Mazlan said. 

The suspect is believed to have acted alone and he does not have any criminal record.

He suffered minor injuries following the incident and sought treatment from a private clinic afterwards.

Police obtained a seven-day remand order against the suspect from the Kuala Langat court today.

The case has been reclassified from arson to murder.

In the 5.50am incident on Dec 13, Chia Tee Nang, 73, his wife Lim Mai Shak, 68, and their grandsons Ryan Chia Zeng Xi, nine, and Chia Yuan Bin, three, were believed to have been murdered. Slash wounds were found on three of the four bodies, which were torched when their house was set on fire.

Another grandson, aged 12, was the sole survivor and is being treated at the hospital.

He reportedly is still traumatised as he was a witness to the incident and is under police protection.

The post-mortem on the two children has been completed but the remains of the elderly couple cannot be released until DNA test results are received.

DNA samples were extracted from the couple’s two sons, who were at the hospital with their wives and other relatives, for testing by the Chemistry Department in Kuala Lumpur as the couple’s bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

Family members met at the mortuary said they have decided to claim all four bodies at the same time, once the procedures are done.


Earlier reports:

Dec 14, Sepang Murder-Arson: Simple Lives Shattered

Dec 13, Sepang Blaze: Murdered, Set on Fire

Dec 13, Nine People Killed in Two Fires: Old Folks’ Home and Arson at Family Home