Persons of interest in Shahbandar murder

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) is calling on the public to help identify two persons of interest who are potential witnesses to the murder and sexual assault of a Chinese woman at Shahbandar last September 7.

In a press conference yesterday, Acting Director of the Criminal Investigative Department, ACP Mohd Irwan Hj Hambali said that the two men were needed to “assist in the police investigations”.

Both men are believed to be in their 30s and 40s, of slim build and between 5’ 5 and 5’ 7 tall, sporting short black hair with dark complexion.

Police said they believed the two to be foreign nationals.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohd Irwan said the sketches, finalised on Thursday, were based on the descriptions of a number of those interviewed – which included frequent joggers at Bukit Shahbandar.

“The PhotoFit (sketch) was the closest we could get based on witnesses’ information; the nearest we could get to,” he said.

More than 300 people have been interviewed by the police in the past two weeks, with more than a hundred statements taken, according to the Head of the Special Investigations Unit at CID, Superintendent of Police Hj Khairur Rijal Hj Abu Salim.

He added that the police are awaiting forensic analysis on evidence.

“I can say from our past experience (of similar cases) that the way she was assaulted, we are very confident that there would be some forensic (traces of evidence).”

The police declined to mention the timeline of the assault or if the “persons of interest” knew the deceased personally, stating that such details would jeopardise ongoing investigations.

They also said that evidence had yet to point whether the perpetrator knew the victim.

Members of the public with any information on the case can reach ASP Pg Hj Abu Naba’a Pg Hj Yusof at 2322004, 2322006, 8889993 or visit the CID building at Jln Ong Sum Ping.

Alternatively, the police can also be reached at its 993 hotline and police stations nationwide.

The Brunei Times