Malaysia has had its share of blood-curdling crime cases, and unfortunately, some of it remain unsolved till today.
Below are five high-profile crimes whose perpetrators are still at large, even today:
1) Nurin Jazlin Jazimin
On Aug 20, 2007, eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin left her home in Wangsa Maju after seeking permission from her mother, to buy some hair clips from a nearby night market. That was the last she was seen, and the family, as well as the police and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the media, embarked on a search for weeks that followed.
On Sept 17, the child's ravaged naked body was found stuffed inside a large black and blue sports bag at a commercial complex in Petaling Jaya. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. The parents were initially unable to identify her remains due to the physical changes the poor child had undergone, but a DNA result later showed that it was indeed Nurin Jazlin.
The police managed to obtain a blurry CCTV footage of a man on a motorcycle leaving the bag at the location, but even after the US FBI's help was sought to scrutinize the clip, the culprit responsible for the gruesome murder remains at large today.
2) Xu Jian Huang
On Sept 26, 2004, 14-year-old Chinese national Xu Jian Huang was found dead in a swimming pool at his uncle's bungalow house in Ampang, Selangor. The boy's limbs were bound and he sported multiple bruises on his body, and the police later picked up three men, including Xu's uncle Koh Kim Teck, his bodyguard Resty Agpalo, and driver Mohd Najib Zulkifli to assist probe.
Koh's 'Datuk Seri" title was also reportedly revoled following his arrest.
During the court proceedings, the boy's father recalled his son telling him that he was frightened of getting "beaten up" during a phone call.
The trial went on for about a year, and at the end of it, the court acquitted the trio, saying that the prosecution had failed to clear many unresolved doubts. Koh went into running when his acquittal was upheld in 2010, and the case remains unsolved until today.
3) Noritta Samsuddin
Another high-profile crime, this one involved the 22-year-old account executive cum part-time model, who was found murdered in her condominium unit in Damansara on Dec 5, 2003.
Her body was found on her bed, with her limbs tied behind her back with wires and an undergarment. A pillow case and a bolster case were used to tie her up, covering her face and mouth.
Noritta's housemates, who discovered her body, had testified noticing a stranger with a strong body odour dashing out of the apartment unit, but said they failed to stop him.
The police eventually arrested several individuals to assist investigations, including 36-year-old Hanif basree Abdul Rahman, Noritta's ex-boyfriend, who was believed the main suspect of the crime.
On July 1, 2004, however, Hanif was acquitted after the court found lack of evidence to tie him to the murder.
4) Hasleza Ishak
In October 2002, actress cum model Hasleza Ishak, the second wife of Datuk Seri Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, Raja Dihilir Perak was found strangled to death and believed to have been thrown off a bridge near Jalan Sumpitan, Taiping.
She was reportedly last seen being seen forced into a brown-coloured Proton Saga with a police sticker on the windscreen.
The first wife of Raja Dihilir Perak,Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah was detained to assist investigations, but was released a week later. Later, a shaman and a palace aide were jailed in connection with the crime, but they too, were later released due to a lack of evidence.
5) Audrey Melissa Bathinathan
Audrey was only 17 when she was believed abducted, raped and strangled to death while she was on her way to the Methodist Girls’ School at Jalan Cenderasari in Kuala Lumpur, about 5.30am on May 17, 1999.
Her mother, graphic designer Margaret Francis grew worried after Audrey failed to return home that afternoon, and her worry worsened after finding out her daughter was absent from school that day.
The next morning, a maintenance worker found the teenager's body, still clad in her school uniform, but with her underpants pulled down to her ankles, near a Tenaga Nasional substation in the vicinity of her school. Checks later found that she had been strangled after she was raped.
The police initially arrested two men, both drug addicts, who were known to be present in the vicinity of the crime scene, but both were let go due to the lack of evidence to tie them to the crime.
Bonus: Jean Perera Sinappa
This murder had all the ingredients of a Tamil movie murder mystery - a possible love triangle, jealousy, and revenge.
Jean, a former Negeri Sembilan beauty pageant winner, was found stabbed to death in a White Fiat 125 vehicle parked along the Federal Highway on Apr 6, 1979. Her yet-to-be-wed brother-in-law S. Karthigesu was found unconscious near the vehicle and he later claimed that he was knocked unconscious as he stopped to relieve himself by the roadside.
Investigations revealed that Jean was romantically linked to a doctor from Sri Lanka, even before the woman lost her husband Sinappa in a car accident. Karthigesu became the prime suspect for the murder, but he walked away a free man after spending a little over two years in prison.
He has since been reportedly residing in Klang after getting married, but little is known of his actual whereabouts.
The case's trail has also gone cold, and even today, it remains a mystery who had murdered Jean in such a gruesome manner, and what had fuelled the crime.
It goes without saying that all the above cases have tremendously impacted the victims' families, but unfortunately, they have not the answers, justice, or closure they badly deserve. Whether or not truth will eventually prevail, only time will tell.
Source: World of Buzz
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