Sunday, September 30, 2007
Nurin murder probe: Paedophile link to murder
By : Lee Shi-Ian, Fadhal Ilahi Ab Ghani, V. Shuman, Alang Bendahara and V. Anbalagan
A forensic team inspecting some children’s clothes which were removed from a car owned by one of the suspects detained in Shah Alam yesterday.
PETALING JAYA: Even as police made headway in their investigations into the murder of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin with the arrest of four men yesterday, there was disturbing news.
The investigations revealed the possibility that the sexual abuse and torture of the eight-year-old girl might have been recorded for distribution on child pornography websites.
A brief statement issued by Federal CID director Datuk Christopher Wan yesterday said five suspects were arrested and two cars and five mobile phones seized.
However, one of the suspects, a three-month pregnant woman, was later released.
One of the men has a previous conviction for rape. Three of them are graduates while the fourth is a diploma holder.
The four men, who were arrested in Shah Alam, were taken to the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court yesterday where they were remanded for seven days.
The mobile phones seized are now the focal point of police investigations.
The suspects are not only being investigated for the abduction and murder of Nurin but also for paedophilia activities.
A senior police officer told the New Straits Times they were not discounting the possibility that Nurin had been the victim of paedophiles.
It is believed that text messages, sent through the five mobile phones, led police to the capture of the four suspects on Thursday night and early yesterday morning.
The contents of the mobile phones are expected to be examined by the forensic unit of the Federal police based at the Senior Police Officers College in Cheras.
Police believe the mobile phones may hold the key to uncovering the identity of the killer(s) as Nurin's torture may have been captured on still pictures or on video.
Nurin had foreign objects inserted into her private parts, which later caused her intestines to rupture leading to infection, which was identified as the cause of death.
It is learnt police have established that Nurin was not a target of a revenge attack but was a victim of "chance".
There had been speculation earlier that Nurin could have been the victim of revenge against her parents.
Police have also established that there is no connection between Nurin's parents and the suspects in custody.
The arrests were made by a special task force comprising personnel from the Federal police headquarters, the Selangor and city police contingents, and the Petaling Jaya and Sentul district police headquarters.
Nurin's naked body was discovered in a sports bag under the staircase of a shoplot in Petaling Jaya Utama on Sept 17. She had been missing since Aug 20.
- The New Straits Times