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Policemen carry the remains of the man found dead with a knife lodged in his stomach at a flat unit in Taman Pulasan. -NSTP/SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A man was found dead with a knife lodged in his stomach at a flat unit in Taman Pulasan here this afternoon.

The deceased was identified as R. Manogaran, 55.

Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said police found the victim sprawled in the living room.

“We also found a 33cm knife lodged in his stomach,” he said.

“There were 13 stab wounds on the front part of the victim’s body and rib, and one stab wound on the back.

“We also found a 23cm chisel inside the sink of the main bathroom.”

He said a witness at the scene, a van driver, had revealed that the victim supplied Myanmar workers to several factories in Bukit Tengah.

The victim, who was single, was staying in the three-room unit with at least 10 Myanmar nationals.

“According to the witness, the victim told him that he was heading home after sending the foreigners to work at 10am today.

“About 2pm, the witness received a call from the factories, informing him that the victim had failed to send food to the workers, resulting in the workers refusing to work,” he said, adding that the witness then went to the victim’s house. The house was not locked.

Nik Ros Azhan said the witness saw blood stains in the hall and found the victim’s room locked.

“The witness then called a Myanmar worker to climb into the room through the toilet door to open the room door.

“Once inside, they found the victim covered in blood and lifeless.

“The witness told a woman, who runs a nearby shop, to contact the police.”

Nik Ros Azhan said police seized a 33cm vegetable knife, a chisel, the victim’s blood stained pants, a hat, a blood stained bath towel, seven swabs of blood and two sets of fingerprints in the bathroom door.

A post-mortem will be conducted at 9am tomorrow

“We are trying to identify several of the victim’s workers to assist in our investigations,” he said.

The case is being investigated for murder.

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