Gruesome Find of Lovers’ Decomposed Bodies

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Couple believed to have taken their lives over RM100K debt owed to Ah Long.

A neighbour’s report on the foul smell emanating from a couple’s unit in Block B, Bayu Mutiara Flats, Bukit Mertajam, led police to the discovery of the rotting bodies of a couple yesterday.

The bodies of Sim Hun Khong, 47, and his girlfriend Tan Soo Sim, 35, were found at 3.50pm. The couple, who worked as a factory operator and clerk in an advertising company, respectively, had been staying together for five years and were planning to get married.

A neighbour, who wanted to be identified only as Wong, said the last time he saw them was on Wednesday.

“They rarely mixed with the residents here and several neighbours had started complaining since Thursday about a foul smell coming from their unit. We were suspicious of the smell and reported it to the flats’ management before a resident lodged a police report,” he said.

According to Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid, police had to break down the front door of the couple’s unit as it was locked from inside, and the bodies were found sprawled on the bed in the master bedroom.

“Two charcoal stoves were also found beside their bed. It is believed they died from inhalation of the smoke from the stoves. The maggots on the bodies indicate that they had died for more than three days,” he said.

Police also found two letters in Mandarin in the unit and believed the couple took their own lives as they could not settle over RM100,000 owed to Ah Long.

The bodies were sent to Seberang Jaya Hospital and for now, the case is classified as sudden deaths, but investigations are still on-going.