JOHOR BARU, Sept 7 (Bernama) - A shipping company contractor was killed
while his wife was seriously injured after they were slashed in a
robbery at their house in Bandar Seri Alam yesterday.
S. Vijayaratnam, 47, died at 12:04am at Regency Specialist Hospital
while his wife, G. Vijayalakshmi, 45, is under treatment at Intensive
Care (ICU) of the same hospital.
The family staying in a house in Jalan Tasek 24 was believed robbed by four men armed with parang.
A 39-year-old suspect was also killed when the Proton Perdana stolen
from the victim crashed into a tree about one kilometre from the
The victim's Indian maid, P. Rasathi, 31, said the robbery occured at
7:30pm when the couple were praying outside the house while their second
son V. Deelip, 12, was in a room on the upper floor.
Rasathi who spoke to reporters via a translator said on seeing two men
entering the house, she pushed Vijayalakshmi into the bathroom.
"The suspects kicked down the bathroom door and I saw a parang staring
me in the face," she said in Tamil when met here Wednesday.
Rasathi who was too afraid handed her jewellery to the robbers.
The robbers then led the couple to the upper floor before ransacking the rooms for valuables.
Vijayaratnam was slashed after his son locked himself in a room.
Luckily, her employer's third son, V. Sevendran, 6, was away at tuition
class while eldest son V. Nishindren, 18, was studying at a private
college in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said when police
reached at the accident scene, they found two suspects in serious
"The suspect driving the stolen car died later while his 31-year-old
accomplice was seriously injured. Police also found the stolen jewellery
and cellphones belonging to the victim in the car."
He said police are hunting for two other suspects and did not rule out
possibility the suspects were drunk while committing the robbery.
The dead and injured suspects have no previous criminal records. The
case is investigated under Section 302 of Penal Code for murder.