Elderly woman dies after snatch thieves push her off motorbike

SEREMBAN, Malaysia - A 65-year-old woman was killed when she fell off a motorcycle that she was riding pillion on and hit her head against the road following an attempted snatch theft.

Jamariah Ahir, who was on her way home to the PWD quarters in Jalan Tunku Kurshiah after work, was killed on the spot during the 4pm incident along Jalan Haji Said.

She worked as a cleaner at a bank here.

Norain Mohd Yusof, 23, who had fetched her mother at the bank earlier, suffered injuries to her limbs after being thrown off her motorcycle.

Witnesses said two men, also on a motorcycle, had attempted to snatch Jamariah's bag but she refused to let go, holding on tightly to her daughter.

The thief, who was riding pillion became angry and kicked the motorcycle, causing both the women to fall onto the road.

The thieves bolted when they saw other motorists coming to the victims' aid.

They also failed to take Jamariah's bag.

Jamariah's remains were taken to the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital for post-mortem before being released to her family.

Seremban deputy OCPD DSP Baharudin Mustapha, who was at the scene, said police had classified the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

The thieves were believed to have tailed the victims from Jamariah's workplace.