THIS was not what I wanted to highlight as my first post for 2012.
It is so sad to learn that four family members have been brutally murdered in Sibu. Two of them were children!
How anyone could attack a seven-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother to death is beyond us all as human beings.
The girl, Amy Ling, and brother David, were found dead in different places at their house in RTM Road.
Their eight-year-old brother is currently in Sibu Hospital’s intensive care unit with severe head injuries. A previous report from Bernama had claimed the boy died. I do apologise for the incorrect reporting and call upon everyone to pray for this poor child.
Also murdered were the children’s 36-year-old father — a timber and shipping businessman — identified as Ling Tock Hock and their 76-year-old grandmother Leong Nyuk Lan.
Ling’s wife — 28-year-old China national — Li Xiao Lan apparently managed to escape through a window on the first floor.
Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail said it is believed that the family was attacked with both blunt and sharp objects by more than one person.
This is a devastating and horrific crime and the police must act swiftly to ensure justice is served.
Terror must not be allowed to reign in Sibu!
Let’s pray for the family and hope those left behind can one day rebuild their lives.
The report from The Borneo Post:
Four members of family murdered, one in critical condition
SIBU: Four members of a family were brutally murdered here at about 7 am today.
Sibu Police Chief ACO Shafie Ismail said a 36-year-old businessman, his 80-year-old mother, his two children aged eight to ten were brutally attacked. The third child at press time is in ICU, Sibu Hospital. The four were found dead in their house at Lane 13B1, RTM Road here.
The police believed they were attacked with blunt and sharp objects by more than one person.
Sarawak Police deputy commissioner Datuk Law Heng Soon said the dead have been identified as businessman Ling Tong Hock, 36, his mother Leong Nyuk Lan, 76, son David Ling Chei Qi, 10, and daughter Amy Ling Zi Jiun, seven. Tong Hock’s son Kelvin Ling Chei You, eight, is gravely injured on the head.
Law said Tong Hock’s wife, Li Xiao Lan, 28, fled unharmed through a window to a neighbour’s house after she heard a commotion downstairs and some people trying to kick down the bedroom door of the house.
He appealed to eye-witnesses to come forward to help the police and asked the media not to make any speculation which can hamper investigations.
The report from The Star:
Businessman and three members of his family murdered in Sibu
By PHILIP HII
SIBU: Four members of a family were brutally murdered and another seriously injured in their double storey terrace house at 1H Lorong RTM13B, about 5km from here, about 7.30am on Tuesday.
Police have identified the victims as Ling Tong Hock, 36; his son David Ling Chei Qi, 10; daughter Amy Ling Zi Jiun, 7; and his 76-year-old mother Leong Nyuk Lan.
Tong Hock’s eight-year-old son Kelvin Ling Chei You, who was seriously injured in the attack, has been warded in the Intensive Care Unit of the Sibu Hospital.
All the victims sustained serious head injuries, believed to be caused by a hard object. Tong Hock and his mother were also slashed on their throats while Kelvin had a slash wound at the back of his neck. No weapon was found at the scene.
Tong Hock was a businessman involved in shipping and the trading of timber slabs.
Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail said police believe robbery was not the motive of the murders as initial investigations revealed no valuables were stolen.
“We believe there was more than one assailant. We have taken the CCTV footage from the house and hope it could be useful in our investigation,” he added.
Tong Hock’s was found in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor together with his mother. The body of Amy, who shared a room with her grandmother, was found in the bedroom beside the kitchen.
David’s body was found in a room on the first floor.
The children were from Ling’s first marriage.
Ling’s second wife, 28 year-old Li Xiao Lan, who is a Chinese national, escaped unhurt through a window of the master bedroom on the first floor.