Wounds on maid self-inflicted, say police

Koay (left), relatives and friends paying their last respects to Jia Hong and Melvin at the City Hall crematorium near Cheras.

SHAH ALAM - Post-mortem results show that the stab wounds and slit throat found on the maid involved in the murder of two half-brothers are self-inflicted.

Initially, there had been speculation that a person close to the family had entered the house and killed the maid and the two boys.

"I urge the public not to speculate but allow us to conduct a thorough investigation," said Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan.

He said the police had identified the maid with the co-operation of the Indonesian Embassy.

The police were trying to establish the motive for the double murder of Koay Jia Hong, five, and 18-month-old Melvin Selvam Joseph as well as the maid's suicide.

"We believe she may have spoken to her friends about her situation and we need to talk to them in order to shed some light into the case," he said.

It was reported yesterday that the police returned to the scene to retrieve the knives that were used in the murder-cum-suicide case.

Initial investigations revealed that the maid, in her 30s, had slit Jia Hong's throat upstairs before killing the younger half-brother in the same manner on the ground floor near the kitchen.

She then killed herself by slitting her own throat.

Those with information on the case should contact the police hotline at 03-2052 9999 or visit the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, at the City Hall crematorium near Cheras yesterday, family members, relatives and friends were grief-stricken as the caskets of Jia Hong and Melvin were lowered into the incinerators.

"Bye, bye," repeated the boys' grandmother as she struggled to hold back tears.

Each family member held on to a bouquet of flowers as they bid their final farewell in the form of prayers.

The relatives provided support to Melvin's father, 44-year-old freelance IT consultant Selvam Joseph, and the boys' mother, 27-year-old Koay Wan Nee, who stood in the centre of the group and were seen offering prayers to their children.