An 18-year-old girl who had just started working at a fruit stand in Pengkalan, Ipoh to support her widowed mother was murdered in her home by a 24-year-old man on Friday night, 21 February
According to Ipoh district police chief ACP A Asmadi Abd Aziz, the 18-year-old victim was found dead at her residence in Persiaran Pengkalan Timur, Taman Desa Pakatan by her mother on Saturday morning.
"The mother told police that at 4.30pm on Friday, a man close to her daughter had brought her (daughter) to her workplace before sending her back home at night," he was quoted as saying by Bernama last night.
The victim's 46-year-old mother said that her daughter and the man chatted in the house for over an hour and that she did not notice anything amiss in her daughter's behaviour.
"The next morning, the mother tried to wake her up at 7.30am but found her dead," the ACP added.
The 24-year-old man has since been arrested after he admitted to beating the teenager, Siti Sufiah Halim Ong, to death with a hammer as he believed she was in a romantic relationship with someone else
Police said that the girl was murdered in an attack believed to have been fuelled by jealousy.
"The autopsy revealed that the victim suffered a brain haemorrhage, a fractured skull, and cuts and bruises to the head. The cause of death was blunt force trauma," ACP Asmadi said.
A hammer and a piece of wood from the suspect, who has no criminal record, have been seized and the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, reported New Straits Times.
The man had known Siti Sufiah since she was 14
While the New Straits Times report said that the two were believed to be merely close friends, Astro Awani reported that the suspect was the victim's adoptive brother. He is an OKU cardholder.
Police said that the victim and the suspect had never argued with each other and that the suspect would frequently drop by the house to help out the family after Siti Sufiah's father died in 2012.
The mother said that Siti Sufiah aspired to join the police force
"Siti Sufiah just wanted to take care of me forever, and wanted me to quit my job," the mother told New Straits Times at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital's Forensic Department.
She added that the eldest of two siblings, Siti Sufiah aspired to join the police force one day.
Last month, a 26-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her neighbour who dismembered her body and put it into two boxes: