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Duo admit to killing Grab driver
Published on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli, Larry Ralon and Del Roester Rudim
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KOTA KINABALU: A body that was found in a bush in Kg Shahbandar, Tuaran, on Monday evening, has been identified as that of missing Grab driver Mohd Hanafiee Jaffar by his family.

State Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah, who confirmed this, said the victim’s mother recognised the body as her son, 27, who was reported missing since May 24, based on the trousers he wore as she was the one who bought it for him.

Two men, a local and a foreigner aged 20 and 24, were arrested after they confessed to killing the victim before disposing of the body in a bush at Kg Shahbandar, Tuaran, that was discovered by the villagers on Monday. He said the police were successful in locating the suspects at the 1Borneo parking lot at 9.50pm on Monday. He was robbed.

Information from the e-hailing company on the victim’s last passengers helped. This is the first case of an e-hailing driver being murdered in Sabah. Daily Express tried contacting the company for information on other cases but it declined. 

It is believed that this is the second murder of an e-hailing driver in the country after one in Selangor was strangled to death in June last year.

Investigations in the latest case revealed that the victim drove the suspects from Kingfisher to Tuaran at about 4am last Thursday (May 23) before he was killed. It is believed that Hanafiee was dead for two to three days based on the swelling of the body.

Omar said the police would apply for remand of the suspects. The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

“The post mortem was carried out at Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 and we are still waiting for the result. As of now, the mother identified the body at about noon on Tuesday,” he said. The body was handed over to the family on the same day for burial.

The 27-year-old Bajau from Kota Belud was reported missing by his family after they failed to get in touch with him since last Friday (May 24).

Daily Express earlier reported that his empty car was found at a parking space near a Ramadan bazaar at Indah Permai, Sepanggar about 30 minutes after midnight on Sunday (May 26). There were blood stains on the steering wheel, handbrake, windscreen and door.

His family called on public help to trace the whereabouts of Hanafiee.


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