Suspect to be charged

NEW EVIDENCE: He and two others believed to have caused builder’s death
THE investigation into the murder of former Master Builders Association Malaysia president Datuk Patrick Wong, three years on now, will reach an end of sorts this week.

One of the three suspects in the case will be charged this week with armed robbery or with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt, as well as gang robbery.

The 48-year-old suspect had spent the past two years at the Simpang Renggam detention camp in Johor for vehicle theft.

Sources told the New Straits Times that even though he was the main suspect in Wong’s case, they could not find solid evidence until recently.

On Friday, police obtained the Order to Produce (OTP) the suspect in court, which meant an earlier release for him from the detention centre.

His two-year detention was to have ended in June.

It was learnt that the suspect would be charged under Section 397 of the Penal Code with armed robbery or with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt, read together with Section 395 of the same code, for gang robbery.

The suspect is liable to be caned if convicted on the first charge, in addition to the maximum 20 years’ imprisonment and caning under Section 395.

Wong’s case received wide media coverage after it was reported that he died while trying to escape from robbers at his house in Bukit Damansara in November 2009.

Wong, who was then 47, was using his computer when three men armed with parang entered his house.

The founder of Satujaya Sdn Bhd then tried to escape by jumping out of a window on the first floor of his house.

He sustained injuries and was sent to a private hospital, where he slipped into a coma and died two days later.

The suspect was detained in Muar in May 2010 to facilitate investigations. He had previous convictions for burglary, robbery and drug abuse.

He was sent to Simpang Renggam due to insufficient evidence while police continued working on the case.

His accomplices were also identified, but they are still at large.

All three suspects were active in break-ins here, in Malacca and Johor at the time of Wong’s murder.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin in February highlighted Wong’s case and claimed that the latter was murdered by hired killers as he was gathering evidence on the sand mining scandal in Selangor.

The police urged Raja Petra to lodge a report to substantiate his allegation but to date, no report had been lodged.