Wednesday April 15, 2009 (The Star)

Police identify body in cement-filled drum

MUAR: Police have identified the body of a man dumped in a cement-filled drum in Kampung Parit Punggur here last month as that of 21-year-old Koh Wei Seang (pic) from Parit Jawa.

Muar deputy OCPD Supt Lee Choon Guan said a DNA test confirmed the identity of the man, whose father has a truck transportation company.

Police have informed the man’s family of the DNA test result and will investigate the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code because they believed he was murdered.

“The man was reported missing on March 17 and the body was spotted by some village boys who went fishing at a creek in the village on March 20,” Supt Lee said yesterday.

Earlier, the victim’s father Koh Maw Hua told reporters that his son had actually been kidnapped and a ransom of RM1mil was demanded.

He said he did not inform police as he feared for the son’s safety.

After some bargaining, the kidnapper agreed to accept RM100,000.

Koh was instructed to leave the money at a location on the North-South Expressway and his son was supposed to be released at the Yong Peng toll plaza.

After dropping the money on March 18, Koh went to the toll plaza and waited until morning for his son’s release.

“However, my son did not turn up and I began to have a bad feeling that something had happened to him,” he said.

“Yesterday, the police came to my house to inform me that the DNA test confirmed the body in the drum was that of my son,” he added.