Melaka — A Singaporean who led police to the gruesome discovery of body parts in the upper part of the home he rented in Melaka earlier this month has been charged with the murder of his wife and 11-year-old stepson.
The charges against Shahrul Nizam Zuraimy, age 31, were read before magistrate Muhammad Nazrin Ali Rahim at the Ayer Keroh Magistrate’s Court in Melaka on October 24, Thursday.
Mr Shahrul, who remained unrepresented, did not enter any plea when the charges were read against him.
He has been accused of murdering his wife, 27-year-old Norfazera Bidin, as well as her son from a previous relationship, Muhammad Iman Ashraf Abdullah, on October 6 at a house in Taman Merdeka Jaya, Batu Berendam, Melaka between 9:00 pm and 1:00 am the following morning.
The Star Online reports that Mr Shahrul was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code. The charge carries a mandatory death sentence if the accused is convicted.
Deputy public prosecutor Anis Najwa Nazari is prosecuting the case against Mr Shahrul, for whom no bail was granted.
The case has been scheduled for re-mention on December 16.
The gruesome story began to unfold when a grass-cutter found body parts on October 10, as he went about his work near the main road of Kampung Ladang by the Krubong industrial area in Melaka.
Late in the afternoon, he saw eight separate body parts along the path where he was cutting grass, and quickly went to the Tanjung Minyak police station to file a report.
Shortly afterward, ACP Afzanizar Ahmad, the Melaka Tengah police chief, told reporters that the body parts were at least five days old, and added that further examination of the parts were necessary. “We have to await forensic analysis at the Melaka Hospital for conclusive details.”
At that point, the police had categorized the case as murder, and called for people who had family members who were missing, or any other pertinent information, to come forward.
By Saturday, police announced that a Singaporean man had been arrested for the crime.
Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mat Kassim Karim announced that, in cooperation with Singaporean authorities, the man had been found and arrested the day before, and was en route back to Melaka to assist with the investigations.
The police said they believed that the man who killed them had used a machete to dismember their bodies, and then disposed of them in two different areas.
DCP Mat Kassim added they were continuing the search for more body parts where they were initially found by the grass cutter.
On October 12, Saturday, the Singaporean man arrested for the crime led the police to the discovery of some human heads, which were on the roof of his house.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) also released a statement on the matter, saying that they had received a request for assistance on this particular case of murder in Tanjung Minyak, Malaysia from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
“The SPF arrested a 31-year-old man and handed him over to RMP on Oct 11… to aid in investigations. It is inappropriate to comment further as investigations by RMP are ongoing.”
On Saturday, Malaysian Police took the man to the house he rented in Taman Merdeka Jaya. Earlier that day, they had found bloodstains in a bedroom in the house.
The police then discovered the severed heads.
The Star Online reported that the man and his wife had argued about family matters, which ended with him stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Afterward he removed her head with a machete.
He also reportedly killed her son as he had seen the Singaporean man kill his mother. The woman has three other children from a previous relationship, the youngest of whom was allegedly riding in the car with the man as he got rid of his wife and stepson’s remains./ TISG