Police loot 10 foreigners after multiple murders in Penang

One of the suspects after he was arrested by the police.

Heavy police presence on the premises after the murder.

Deputy Head Supt V. Saravanan speaks to members of the media after the arrests.

GEORGE TOWN: The police think they have solved three murder cases with the arrest of 10 foreigners – two from Myanmar and eight Thais including a woman on Saturday night.

In the first case, Supt V. Saravanan, district deputy police chief, said that two Malaysians working as parking attendants were found stabbed to death in their budget hotel room along Jalan Argyll at 6:00 PM.

They have lived there since the beginning of this year.

A police patrol unit that responded to an emergency call was alerted to a man who was hanging around in his blood-stained clothes.

With the help of detectives in civilian attire, the police succeeded in overpowering the suspect, who was later identified as a Burmese.

Later the police arrested another national Myanmar a few meters away.

Both suspects were assumed to be high on methamphetamine drugs when they were being held.

Just two kilometers away from Gat Lebuh Chulia, the police noticed that they responded hours later to another homicide in a host family.

This time, a Thai woman would have stabbed her husband.

The victim identified as a Thai national Suriya Kanchaiyaphum, 36, was stabbed by his 38-year-old Thai woman in the kitchen of the host family after an argument.

The police were informed of the incident at 10 pm and arrived to find the victim that lay on the flood of the kitchen.

"A study showed that the couple got into a fight because of financial problems, which then led to the woman stabbing her husband.

"We detained the woman and also found the murder weapon on the spot," Saravanan said.

Later, seven Thai suspects, between 23 and 50 years old, who were neighbors of the couple, were detained to facilitate the investigation, revealed Saravanan.

All suspects were held in pre-trial custody for 14 days pending investigation for murder under Section 302 of the Criminal Law.

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