(File pix) Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (centre) at the opening of the Baling district police headquarters today. Pix by Safuri Kamaruddin

BALING: Police believe they have solved the murder of a 71-year-old woman in Taman Malaysia, Alor Star, last month with the arrest of a man in Kuala Lumpur.

The 44-year-old man, who was arrested on Feb 28, in relation to a robbery case in Taman Golf, also in Alor Setar, has admitted to the crime.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said investigation revealed that the man became aggressive when he stumbled upon the woman while breaking into the house on Feb 25.

He said based on the man’s confession, police recovered the stolen goods and further investigation showed that the man has 17 previous criminal record involving robbery and drugs.

“The man from Johor will be remanded tomorrow to facilitate our investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

“We believe that with his arrest, we are able to solve the case,” he told reporters after opening the Baling district police headquarters here today.

Meanwhile, Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mior Farid Al Athrash Wahid said the man was earlier arrested for a different robbery case but his fingerprints showed that he was involved in robbery cases in Alor Star.

“We brought him back to Kota Setar district police headquarters for questioning and during the process he also confessed to the murder.

“We also found the knife and a shirt that was used during a robbery in Alor Star,” he said.

It was reported that the body of Kau Fu Eng was found with strangulation marks after an apparent robbery on Feb 25.

Kau’s body was found in the bedroom by her daughter upon returning home after sending her child to a tuition centre about 5.45pm.

She was believed to been strangled with a piece of cloth based on the marks found on her neck.

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