Malaysian arrested after stepdaughter found with strangulation marks

Malaysian arrested after stepdaughter found with strangulation marks
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PETALING JAYA: As he rushed his stepdaughter to hospital, a man claimed that she was injured in a fall at Batu Caves during Thaipusam.

The 37-year-old security guard told police that his 22-year-old stepdaughter had been suffering with epilepsy throughout her life.

But it was only after her death - a day after an alleged seizure - that the dark truth surfaced.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said police arrested the security guard and his 45-year-old wife after a post-mortem on their daughter's body revealed that she was murdered.

The man initially told police that he found his stepdaughter lying sprawled in the toilet of their Lembah Subang People's Housing Project flat unit at about 9.30pm on Jan 26.

"He found her in the toilet where he said she had an epileptic seizure. He rushed her to Hospital Sungai Buloh.

"However, she died the next day. An autopsy was conducted at 2.30pm the same day," ACP Mohd Zani said.

He said the post-mortem results showed that the victim died from strangulation and she also suffered blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen.

"Her stepfather concocted the story that she was injured after she slipped and fell at Batu Caves during Thaipusam.

"This was done to avoid suspicion that he had abused her," he said.

ACP Mohd Zani said a police forensics team found a black metal rod at the scene of the crime.

"We believe that the rod was used to hit the victim," he added.

ACP Mohd Zani said the victim's stepfather admitted that he had beaten up the victim in his Proton Waja.

Both parents have been in custody since Jan 28 and they will be charged at the Shah Alam High Court Friday.

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