Ex-convict gunned down inside his house in Malaysia

Intense situation: Relatives and neighbours of Balamurali (inset) carrying his body out of the house in Batu 9 Cheras.

KAJANG - A gunman walked into the living room of a house and opened fire, killing a 36-year-old man who was just released from prison last month.

It is learnt that Balamurali Balakrishnan was sleeping on a sofa when the gunman walked into the house in Batu 9 Cheras here at 1.30pm yesterday and fired four shots at his chest. The gunman later fled with an accomplice in a black car.

Balamurali's aunt, K. Anjalai, 56, said she was in the bedroom when she heard the shots.

"I rushed out and Balamurali was already on the floor," she said, adding that she saw the black car speeding off.

The victim's wife, S. Puvaneswari, 28, said she had been living with her four-year-old son Kishalan in Seremban, adding that her husband visited them every fortnight.

"The last time we saw him was on Thursday night," she said, adding that her husband had been in and out of prison several times.

It was learnt that Balamurali had been changing jobs regularly, his last being as a security guard. He lasted only two weeks in that job.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab confirmed the case. It was the seventh shooting in seven days in the country.

Meanwhile, in Gombak, the body of a 44-year-old woman was found in her home. She was believed to have been stabbed to death.

Hotel housekeeper Badariah Hussin, who lived alone in a three-room shophouse in Sunway Batu Caves, was found in a pool of blood on the floor of her room by a colleague.

The colleague, who came looking for Badariah, had to ask a worker at a nearby shop to help break the lock on the door.

She had last seen Badariah on Friday.

Police officers at the scene said the body was found with both hands and feet bound.