Police looking for next-of-kin of alleged stolen phone assault victim

Police believed the victim could be Harry Janting from Jalan Kampung Masjid, Bintulu.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Feb 3: The police are looking for the next-of-kin of a man found dead on Saturday evening (Feb 1) inside a four-wheel drive, to determine his identity.

At current, the police believed the deceased could be Harry Janting from Jalan Kampung Masjid, Bintulu.

The man was believed to have been beaten to death that day by a group of eight individuals over a stolen mobile phone.

According to Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah, the dead man is believed to be in his early 20’s, a local, with tattoos spotted on his right arm and left shoulder (a fish head tattoo).

“The victim was found dead inside the back seat of a four-wheel drive after allegedly being assaulted by the suspects, including an Indonesian woman, over a mobile phone.

“We are looking for his next-of-kin to help us identify his body,” he said when contacted.

After the said assault incident, five of the suspects had driven the deceased to Miri Central police station at around 9.35pm.

Unfortunately, the deceased (recognised as a “John Doe”) had died following serious head injuries he sustained, he added.

Policemen removing the dead body from the four-wheel drive on Saturday evening.

Lim said the John Doe’s height is 158cm. The body is currently being kept at Miri Hospital morgue.

Meanwhile, eight suspects detained in connection with his death on Saturday, including the Indonesian woman, have been remanded for seven days until Feb 9 to assist police investigations.

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

Those with information on the deceased could contact the Investigation officer, ASP Dorairajah, at 013-5603340. — DayakDaily