Published on: Friday, August 23, 2013
City Police Chief ACP Jauteh Dikun said the fully clothed body was found with wound marks on the neck and throat believed caused by a sharp object.
He said a beat patrol team was making their routine rounds in the area the previous night when they chanced upon the man's Toyota Unser vehicle parked in a dark area.
Jauteh, when met at the scene, said a search operation was mounted in the area resulting in the body being found some 50 metres from the vehicle, adding that his mouth was gagged with plastic and both hands and legs were bound from behind at about 7.55am.
"The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code and we do not rule out robbery as a possible motive," said Jauteh, adding that more than one suspect is believed to have been involved in the attack.
He urged those with information on the case to come forward to facilitate investigations.
Meanwhile, family members of the deceased who were alerted of the discovery were also at the scene.
It was learnt that they last saw him alive on Tuesday after he arrived from Sandakan to send a relative for medical treatment in the city centre.
They said the man, known as Ibnu Paharan, was a self-employed man involved in private transport charter.
This was the third such case reported in the city over the past two months.
On Wednesday, the body of a foreign woman, in her 50s, was found with stab wounds at the kongsi quarters of a construction site in Kepayan here.
Her husband, also a foreigner in his 50s, was picked up the same day to facilitate investigations.
On Aug 12, the body of a 40-year-old machine operator with slash marks on the neck was discovered lying in a pool of blood in a workers quarters near Menggatal, here.
A 21-year-old foreign man, who was also the deceased's son-in-law, was brought in for questioning three days after the incident.
On July 25, a 21-year-old woman was also found dead in a rented room at the ground floor of a two-storey house in Jalan Donald, Kg Likas, here, with stab wounds in her back believed caused by a sharp object.