Brutal Murder of a Boy
Boy’s body found in bag – Originally published in The Star on Monday May 22, 2006
BY ANDREW SAGAYAM, SYLVIA LOOI and JO TEH of The Star
PETALING JAYA: A seven-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his SS19 home in Subang Jaya last Thursday was found dead, allegedly murdered by a close relative who threw him off the Sungai Sitiawan in Sitiawan, Perak.
Rescue workers comprising members of the marine police, Royal Malaysia Navy (TLDM), the Fire and Rescue Department and several locals found the body of Ho Ping at about 10.20am, some 500m from where he was thrown off the bridge. His body was found stuffed in a bag.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah said two people, a 28-year old man who is a close relative and a woman who is a Chinese national, have been arrested to facilitate investigations.
The woman was arrested in Penang.
“We believe the boy was murdered the same day he was kidnapped. No ransom was paid,” he said, adding that Ho Ping’s body was sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for a post mortem.
It is learnt that Ho Ping’s father, said to be one of the biggest suppliers of organic produce, had last Thursday lodged a missing person’s report with the Subang Jaya police when he could not find his son.
On Friday, he allegedly received a telephone call from a woman speaking in a heavy Chinese accent, demanding a RM500,000 ransom in exchange for the safe return of Ho Ping.
He then rushed to the Subang Jaya police station and lodged another report, in which police classified the case as kidnapping.
SAC Hadi then instructed his investigators to track down the kidnappers and within 24-hours, had a major breakthrough.
They arrested the relative here.
“We questioned the man and after several hours, he led our officers to a river in Sitiawan where the boy was said to be.
“Our officers sought the assistance of the TLDM, Fire and Rescue Department and several locals to help in the search but found nothing before calling off the operation due to failing light.
“When we resumed operations at about 10.20am yesterday, we spotted a bag with a pair of legs sticking out from among some mangroves,” he said, adding that police have classified the case under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act, and murder.
He also said that police had obtained a six-day remand order to detain the relative to facilitate investigations.
It is learnt that the relative, who is jobless, used to live at the house and was very attached to the boy, who is the youngest of five children.
Sources said the man behaved as though he was very concerned and even went all over looking for Ho Ping with the boy’s father, including following him to the Subang Jaya police station.
Reporters gathered outside the boy’s home here yesterday but were chased away by family members who refused speak.
They even hung a signboard on their gate urging reporters to leave them alone.
RETURN TO HIDEOUT: Residents of Taman Sungai Bakap Permai near Nibong Tebal in Penang (in main picture) Tuesday trying to catch a glimpse of the main suspect – a 28-year-old man (far left) who was arrested on Saturday in connection with the kidnap and murder of seven-year-old Ho Ping (inset). The suspect, who was in the van, had earlier led police to the flat where Ho Ping was held after he was taken from his home in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Earlier, police picked up the suspect’s mistress – a 35-year-old female Chinese national (left) in Kulim, Kedah. –Pictures by MUSTAFA AHMAD
A neighbour who declined to be named said Ho Ping was a jovial and active boy, and that the family always kept to themselves.
“One of the boy’s relatives asked me on Thursday at about 7.30pm if I had seen Ho Ping because he had not returned from school. I told her that I had not seen him at all that day,” said the neighbour.
Residents there were unaware of the incident until they noticed reporters outside the boy’s home.
A housewife who declined to be named said she knew Ho Ping as he used to play with her children.
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