BENTONG: A businessman was arrested two days ago for allegedly abetting the suicide of his father at a hotel in Genting Highlands last week.
Police nabbed the 35-year-old suspect, who had stayed in the same hotel room as his 65-year-old father, who was later found dead, lying down but with rope marks around his neck, at 10.20am on Nov 9.
Pahang Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Othman Nanyan said that the suspect has been remanded until Nov 16 to facilitate investigation under Section 306 of the Penal Code for abetting suicide.
He said that initial police investigation found a length of rope at the scene believed to have been tied around the deceased's neck.
"Examination of the body did not show signs of other injuries," he said, adding that the case was initially classified as sudden death with asphyxia as the cause of death.
"However as it appeared suspicious, investigation was continued and checks on the (hotel room) registry revealed that there was a second person staying in the room (where the deceased was found).
"Further investigation saw us locating and arresting the suspect at Genting Highlands on Nov 12," Othman said in a media statement on Tuesday.
He said that police investigation found that the suspect – who has a record of mental illness and is still taking medication – had confessed to helping the victim to commit suicide.
"CCTV (closed circuit television recording) and statement from an employee (of the hotel) showed that the suspect was in the room during the incident, and he had fled soon after before he was arrested," he said.
Othman said that a second post-mortem carried out by the pathologist yesterday showed that the deceased's cause of death was due to pressure applied on his neck.
He added that the suspect and his father are from Kuala Lumpur.