IGP: Bella’s murder motivated by jealousy

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Jealousy is believed to be the motive behind Mila Sharmilah Samsusah’s murder, says Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

The Inspector-General of Police added that the autopsy report found the deceased, who is better known as Bella, had died due to a fracture in the head caused by a blunt object.

“The motive for Bella’s murder may be jealousy, as I said before, this murder case must have a motive.


“From that motive, we will start an investigation from there, get a hint towards the motive. This is the motive that we know,” he said.

He also said that the suspect behind the murder of Bella, former postman Mohammad Haikal Mahfuz, has since been charged at the magistrate court in Batu Pahat earlier on Wednesday (Jan 24).


The charge, framed under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the death penalty.

Magistrate Norasidah set Feb 19 for mention pending the chemist’s report.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Khalijah Khalid prosecuted while Haikal was represented by lawyer Syahril Anuar.

Earlier, Haikal, 25, arrived at the court at 8.20am under tight security control by the authorities.

Also seen were the families of both parties.


Meanwhile, the Samsusah family, devastated and unable to comprehend the tragic loss of their beloved Mila Sharmilah, known affectionately as Bella, remains in a state of profound disbelief.

Their hearts ache as they struggle to accept the horrifying reality that Bella was brutally taken from them by her own boyfriend who she befriended for seven months.

Reflecting on their cherished memories, Bella’s elder sister, Norisham Samsusah, 36, recalls the conversations they shared saying that Bella had expressed her deep longing to embark on a new chapter in Johor Baru, and live with her.

“She had also mentioned her intention of breaking up with her boyfriend.

“Everything happened so fast; we still cannot accept that this has happened to her. The last time we spoke, she told me that she wanted to move into my house during the upcoming school holiday in February.

“We suspected that he (Bella’s boyfriend) was the person behind her disappearance from the way he spoke and lied.’

“Even Bella’s eldest son, aged five, told us that he (the boyfriend) always assaulted his mother when they went out together,” she said, adding that she will be taking care of Bella’s children from now on.

She was speaking to the media after claiming her sister’s body at the Sultan Ismail Hospital Forensic Department (mortuary) on Wednesday (Jan 24).

Norisham, who works as a school clerk, added that she hopes members of the public will stop creating speculation about her sister’s death.

She said that Bella’s body will be brought to the Masjid Jamek Dato Bentara Luar in Batu Pahat for funeral prayers before being laid to rest at the Banang Jaya Muslim Cemetery.

“We want to settle everything around the Asar prayer,” she said.

On Dec 14, it was reported that Bella, a single mother of two children, could not be contacted after she was last seen leaving the house in her boyfriend’s car wearing only a dark blue caftan to do laundry at a laundromat.

On Friday, an incomplete human skeleton was found in an abandoned house at Lorong Imam Jailani, Batu Pahat, after a suspect led the police to the scene.