Vehicle used in petrol station murder had fake plates

Joanna Estrada
December 18, 2017

All active police units in Johor Baru Utara and Iskandar Puteri districts have also been put on standby and alert as the manhunt widens in South Johor.

A auto used in a murder at a Johor Baru petrol station had fake license plates, Johor police said, after the authorities tracked down the plate's real owner.

"Police urge the public to stop speculating as this may hinder the investigation".

Footage of the shocking murder was captured by an eyewitness and has since made its rounds on several social media platforms.

He said the autopsy carried out by the Sultanah Aminah Hospital revealed that the victim had died due to a stab wound to the heart. Police have yet to disclose the identity of the victim.

The incident occurred at 7.30pm on Sunday in the compound of a Shell petrol station in the busy Jalan Sri Pelangi in Taman Pelangi.

Johor police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the licence plate's real owner had been in Ipoh, Perak during the incident last night, Sin Chew daily reported.

The incident occurred when the victim who was with a woman, in her 20's and believed to be his wife, was filling up air into his auto tyre at the station, when the suspects suddenly appeared and tried to pull him into their vehicle.

He said police have also identified the four suspects involved in the case and that efforts are ongoing to hunt them down.

"Basically, the complainant denied having any involvement with the suspects in the incident as he was not physically at the scene and said that the white BMW 520d bearing registration number WB79L was not under his care", one of the sources told Malay Mail.

After the victim was stabbed, the suspects threw an explosive device, believed to be a firecracker, at him before re-entering their vehicle.

The suspects ran over the deceased's body twice before fleeing the scene.

"The actual vehicle owner has been successfully traced and interviewed, and he is not related to this case", said Khalil in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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