Bukit Shahbandar murder: Killer still on the loose

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

POLICE have yet to detain any suspects in the murder of the 39-year-old woman whose body was found at Bukit Shahbandar on September 8.

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) said Chin Mei Fong was strangled to death last Sunday with “traces of sexual assault” discovered on her body.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, the RBPF spokesperson urged anyone with relevant information on the case to come forward.

“We are urgently seeking any potential witnesses to assist in the investigation,” he said.

Chin went hiking at Bukit Shahbandar late Sunday afternoon but did not return after dark. Her husband reported her missing at 8pm.

After a night-long search, police found her body inside a 20-metre ravine. They estimate the time of death to be between 4pm and 6pm on September 7.

The victim’s body was laid to rest at Berakas Christian Cemetery yesterday after a funeral service held at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption.

Head of the church Bishop Cornelius Sim said approximately 200 people came to pay their respects to Chin, who was an active member of the Catholic congregation.

“The mood was very somber given her sudden passing but there were no histrionics, it was quite serene,” he said, adding that her family was coping well despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.

Sim said the Seria-born woman became a Catholic six years ago and was a regular church-goer.

“The Catholic community has been deeply affected by this incident and we extend our sympathies to her family.”

The RBPF has advised the public, particularly women, not to carry out sporting activities alone and to inform family members of their plans before leaving home. A mobile phone should also be carried at all times for easy communication.

Police said they will inform the public when there are new developments in the case. They added that Taman Rekreasi Hutan Bukit Shahbandar has been reopened to the public.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case can contact Assistant Superintendent of Police Pg Hj Abu Naba’a Pg Hj Yusof at 2322004/2322005/2322006. Members of the public can contact their nearest police station or the police hotline at 993.

The Brunei Times