SIBU - A 10-year-old girl, who was initially reported to have drowned near Rumah Belinsing in Sungai Naman 2 on New Year's Day, has been raped and murdered before her body was dumped into the river.
A 50-year-old man was subsequently arrested over her death.
Britney Clement, who was reported missing by her 37-year-old uncle on Jan 1 after she disappeared the night before, was found dead near the longhouse.
At that time, police had classified the case as sudden death.
However, a post-mortem on the girl's body by a pathologist in the Sibu Hospital yesterday showed that there were slight abrasions on her private parts.
A police team led by senior investigating officer, ASP Yeoh Chun Shyan, then went to the longhouse to interview her family members, during which they were told that she was a good swimmer.
The team had also gone to the crime scene and interviewed other residents of the longhouse and neighbouring homes in the area before picking up the man.
It is believed that the man, who had been staying near the family's home, later confessed to raping and killing the girl.
The case had been re-classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.