TAPAH, Malaysia - Curious onlookers gathered outside the magistrate's court here to catch a glimpse of the family of four apparently linked to the gruesome murder of several people.
The suspects, who have been in police custody for 11 days, were earlier remanded to facilitate investigations into the disappearance of land broker Jasbeer Singh.
Yesterday, the suspects, including a couple, were brought to court to have their remand extended for another seven days in connection with the murder of spare parts dealer Ng Chor Kee. Ng, from Klang, was reported missing last June.
Later, at about 3.40pm yesterday, the main suspect and his elder son were brought to the crime scene.
Police later carted several items, including vehicle repair tools, as evidence.
Tapah OCPD Supt Som Sak Din Keliaw said police were close to wrapping up all four murder cases and would soon hand over the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor's office for action.
The couple's daughters, believed to be aged 11 and 23, have been placed under the Welfare Department's custody.
On the suspects' dogs which were left in the house compound in Jalan Pahang, Supt Som Sak said police would seek the local council's help to give away the canines to animal welfare groups.
"Otherwise, we will make arrangements to transport the elder girl to the house to feed the dogs daily," he said.
It was reported that there were at least 30 dogs living on the grounds of the family home.
Last Monday, the suspects - a 57-year-old mechanic, his 54-year-old wife, and their two sons aged 20 and 17 - were arrested at their house-cum-workshop where several murders allegedly took place.
It was reported that the disappearance of Jasbeer on Aug 28 led police to the family's dilapidated wooden house where four victims were believed to have been beaten to death, the remains burnt and their ashes scattered into a river behind the house.
Police have yet to officially release the identities of the victims, although the families of four missing persons claimed that their loved ones could be one of those murdered.
The other two victims are believed to be bus conductor Ng Ah Leng @ Mohan, who had not been seen since late 2012, and tour bus operator V. Gunawaty, who disappeared last March.