Tunku Alang Reza Tunku Ibrahim, a suspect in the murder of an Estonian model three years ago, was one of two people killed when their Toyota Hilux crashed into a bus stop in Mersing on Oct 27.
Seated in the back of the four-wheel-drive vehicle, the 31-year-old was travelling with three others in the four-wheel drive vehicle when the accident occurred at 6.34pm. He was killed on impact.
The female driver of the vehicle, Salma @ Noraini Adam, 37, also succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the Mersing Hospital.
Two other women in the car were injured. Puteri Nur Zawani Mohd Rasid, 33, sustained severe injuries while Nor Faizah Abdul Malek, 44, escaped with only bruises.
It was reported that the group was heading to Johor Baru from Mersing when the driver lost control of the vehicle at KM15 of Jalan Jemaluang-Mersing.
In the Regina Soosalu murder case, Tunku Alang, who claimed to be her boyfriend, was arrested along with six others, including a woman.
Soosalu was found dead, lying face down on a beach on the privately-owned Pulau Rawa on Jul 1, 2014 – the same day she arrived on the island for a vacation.
Initial police investigations assumed she had drowned, but bruises on her neck were similar to strangulation, which prompted them to reclassify the case from sudden death to murder.
Police had said at the time that the case may have had a drug-related motive as two of the seven suspects arrested had tested positive for drugs and were wanted in connection with supplying drugs.
Tunku Alang and Soosalu had been arrested seven months prior to her death for possession of drugs. They were charged in the magistrate’s court with possession if 5.84g cannabis on May 12. The couple pleaded not guilty and were released after paying a total of RM7,000 bail.
More recently, Tunku Alang was charged with abusing syabu (methamphetamine).
In the case before the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court on Sept 21, he was also jointly charged with Puteri Nur Zawani Mohd Rasid, one of the two who were injured in the bus stop crash, for possessing 0.9g syabu and 0.15g cannabis at Condominium Ritz Perdana 2, Bandar Damansara Perdana 2, Petaling Jaya, at about noon on June 4, this year.
The court allowed Tunku Alang bail of RM4,500 and Puteri Nur Zawani bail of RM3,000 and fixed mention for Oct 31.
Previous reports had said that Tunku Alang was a member of the Johor royal household.
However, the Johor Council of the Royal Court issued a statement on Sept 22 denying that he was part of the royal family.