A Daughter Found Her Single Mother Hacked To Death In Their Johor Bahru Apartment

Her male friend was also found murdered in the same unit.

Cover image via Ben Tan/Malay Mail

On Thursday, 1 November, a daughter found her 51-year-old single mother and her mother's 59-year-old male friend hacked to death in their apartment

The woman has been identified as K. Kamala, who worked as a cleaner, while the man is a friend of hers by the name of S. Silvaraju. 

Kamala's daughter had found the victims' bodies in the flat the three of them shared at Flat Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai. She had just returned from work in Singapore at around 9am.

Both the victims were found with hacks to the head, but in different rooms within the unit

Kamala's body was found in the bedroom, while the body of Silvaraju was found in the living room.

Authorities reported that in addition to the hack on the head, Silvaraju had slash wounds on his neck.

"Based on the injuries on the victims, we believed they were killed using a parang and we are now looking for the suspects to assist us with investigation," Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Kamarudin Md Din told The Star.

Neighbours reportedly heard loud noises from the unit for a period of 10 minutes, but as the door was shut they did not think anything was amiss

"We suspect the victims knew the suspects as the grill of the unit was not locked. Only the wooden door of the unit was locked," said Kamarudin, according to New Straits Times.

"We also found turmeric powder scattered at the scene which we believed was a measure to prevent the suspects from being tracked."

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A photo from the scene of the murder where turmeric was scattered.

Image via Zain Ahmed/News Straits Times

Authorities are investigating all possible motives for the murder

Kamarudin said investigators are probing if the murders were related to revenge or bad debts.

He added that a sum of money and jewellery belonging to Kamala was also taken during the incident.

We believe two or more suspects were involved in the case.
Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Kamarudin Md Din

"However, no arrests have been made and we are obtaining more information, including whether there is a closed-circuit camera to assist investigations," Kamarudin said, according to Malay Mail.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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