Jealousy a possible motive for murder

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Jealousy is believed to be the motive behind the gruesome death of a Myanmar woman who was found with a knife in her neck at an apartment here.

Police believed the deceased, Yoon Yati Htike, 29, had been having domestic problems.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said initial investigations revealed that the victim had been quarrelling with her husband, also a Myanmar national, of late.

He said the 29-year-old Myanmar national, who had earlier threatened his wife, is missing.

“Our investigation showed that the couple had been fighting and the husband had suspected his wife of having an affair,” he said at the North Seberang Prai police district headquarters here yesterday.

The body of Htike – who worked as a clinic assistant and translator – was found wrapped in a blanket under a bed at a rented apartment on Monday.

She also had several stab wounds when police discovered the body at about 8pm.

Htike was found with a knife in her neck.

Htike was found with a knife in her neck.

Her employer had earlier lodged a police report about her disappearance as she did not turn up for work and could not be contacted for the past three days.

The victim’s landlord was then called in to unlock the door.

The couple, who are UNHCR cardholders, had been renting the place for four months.

ACP Noorzainy said the case was being investigated for murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

He said police were looking for the victim’s husband, Mohammad Noor Lal Miah, who was last seen at the apartment at about 3am on Dec 13.

“We need him to shed light on the matter,” he said, adding they believed he was still in the country.

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