ALOR SETAR: A 28-year-old doctor and her 43-year-old husband, an insurance agent, have been remanded for seven days to assist in the investigations into the death of their housemate.
Magistrate Mohd Khairul Hafizuddin Ramli issued the remand order to the couple, who were seen wearing the police lock-up attire yesterday.
The doctor was also seen carrying her six-month-old baby.
It was reported that the couple were detained for allegedly causing multiple body injuries to their housemate, identified as Nurul Syahirah Ishak, 21, from Taman Kosas, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Nurul Syahirah (pic) was believed to be one of the occupants of a double-storey house at Taman Gemilang, Jitra.
The doctor and her husband were also living there.
In the incident, which occurred at about 1.30pm on Wednesday, Nurul Syahirah was found unconscious inside a room of the house before she was rushed to Jitra Hospital. However, she died about an hour later.
Kedah CID chief SAC Mohd Nashir Ya said there were old and new injuries on several parts of the victim's body.
He added that the doctor and her husband have been renting one of the rooms at the house since last August.
"The victim knew the insurance agent and has been staying with the couple since February this year," he said, adding that the case has been classified as murder.
Nurul Syahirah's body was sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for post-mortem and was claimed at 4pm yesterday by her father Ishak Sulong, 45, and her former employer Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail.
Ishak, when met at the hospital mortuary yesterday, said Nurul Syahirah had suddenly gone missing and had not reported to work for more than a month.
"I spoke to her about two weeks ago, but she did not say anything strange or unusual," he said, adding that his daughter was the older of his two children,
Ishak added that he knew the insurance agent, who used to work at the taxi stand at KLCC, where he and Nurul Syahirah worked.
Shamsubahrin said that Nurul Syahirah used to work as a part-time cashier at his taxi counter at KLCC.
"She was an intelligent worker, so I promoted her to the post of supervisor.
"She got along very well with most of my taxi drivers and I was even planning of promoting her as a manager," he added.
Her remains were buried at the Masjid Kuala Sawah Muslim cemetery in Negri Sembilan yesterday.