KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Nov 2020:
A former researcher of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MardiI) was slashed to death by two burglars who broke into his house in Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar here early today.
Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said Dr Wan Hassan Wan Embong, 71, was believed to have been slashed with a parang when he tried to put up a fight against the burglars, who broke in through the kitchen window of the double-storey bungalow.
Wan Hassan, who suffered injuries to the face and neck, was believed to have died at the scene, he said when contacted.
His wife, a 70-year-old government pensioner, had slash wounds on the right hand, he said.
Nik Ros Azhan said there was a blackout and the couple were alone at home when the incident happened at 3.30am. He said the couple’s daughter called the police after her mother informed her of the incident.
“Efforts to track down the suspects are continuing, including by viewing the CCTV recordings of neighbouring houses because the victims’ house did not have a closed-circuit camera.”
Nik Ros Azhan said the suspects fled with a wallet and laptop computer, among other things, but the actual value of belongings taken by the burglars has yet to be established.
The body of Wan Hassan was taken to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, where his wife was treated.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The burglars are believed to have broken into the house via the back lane, said a security company representative for the area, Ranveer Singh, 32 – who noted the guard on duty at Jalan Mambu last night did not detect any suspicious movement.
“The security guards here are on duty 24 hours a day and they will surely track the criminals if they used the front lane.”
Ranveer, who regretted the incident, said the residents have proposed increasing the number of security guards in the housing area.
Meanwhile, Brickfields district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said the two suspects were believed to have escaped through a big drain at the back of the two-storey bungalow.
He said the police dogs managed to track the suspects up to 50m from the drain before they lost the suspects’ smell in the water near the main road.