MALAYSIA: Three men and a woman were charged in a magistrate’s court here with the kidnap and murder of a Sikh businesswoman, whose body was dumped over the Penang Second Bridge, according to reports in local media.
Sunil Singh Jeganathen Daniel, 28, A. Malarvili, 23, C. Kavin Mukilan, 21, and S. Vivegkanathaa, 23, were charged with kidnapping Balbir Kaur Tahil Singh, 60, from a construction site near Sunway Pyramid in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Feb 13.
They are alleged to have demanded a ransom of RM2mil.
The four were proffered a second charge of murdering Balbir Kaur by gagging her until she suffocated and dumping her body into the sea at the bridge at around 3.55am on Feb 14, according to a report in The Star, a local English newspaper.
The alleged offence under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961 is punishable by death or life imprisonment, while the murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction, it added.
On Feb 17, six suspects were arrested including two women and held under remand for investigation, according to a report in Rakyat Post.
It was reported in the news that police first arrested a 24-year-old man said to be the victim’s driver, which led to further arrest of three men and two women.
The victim’s body was found on the morning of Feb 14 in Sungai Kerian near Kampung Sungai Udang in Nibong Tebal, Penang.
She was believed to be murdered after finding out that her driver was behind the kidnapping. The RM2 million ransom was not paid, the report added. – ASIA SAMACHAR (13 March 2015)
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