JOHOR BAHRU, July 18 – A teenager was brutally killed and had his body buried in a durian orchard near Kangkar Pulai on July 5 over an alleged drug deal which went awry.
The 15-year-old was said to have shortchanged the drug ring when returning the money he obtained from sales of the substance, angering the drug dealers.
The decaying remains of the school dropout was found partially buried and the face had turned black.
Iskandar Puteri district police chief, ACP Noor Hashim Mohamed, said the victim, identified as Gerald Lim Jin Jie, fell unconcious after being forced to consume carbonated drink laced with drugs.
He said preliminary investigation revealed that the incident occurred at an apartment in Bukit Indah on June 29.
“Unsatisfied, the assailants hit and strangled the victim, which led to his death. They then brought his body in a Toyota Camry to Ulu Choh before swapping with a Ford Ranger. They proceeded to transport the body to a durian orchard before burying it there,” he told a press conference at the Iskandar Puteri district police headquarters, here, today.
Following the discovery of the body, police had arrested 17 people, aged between 15 and 40, including six women to facilitate investigation.
“They were nabbed in a series of arrests made between July 7 and 16 (Monday) at several houses and hotels in the district.
“We also seized items, namely, 23 mobile phones, jewellery, cash notes in ringgit and foreign currencies; various types of drugs, backpacks, handbags, six pieces of underwear, car keys, house keys, documents and access cards.
“We also confiscated the Toyota Camry (believed to be used by the group), while the Ford Ranger was found burnt in Kangkar Pulai,” he said.
Noor Hashim said urine tests on the detainees turned positive for methamphetamine, while checks revealed that eight men and four women had criminal records for drug-related offences.
He said investigation revealed that the 17 people arrested were drug dealers who had been active in the district since a month ago, working individually to sell the substance in entertainment outlets.
“They are being remanded until July 23 under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder,” he said.
Post-mortem result revealed that there were bruises on the victim’s body and strangulation marks on the neck. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd