Jakarta

Two arrested in student
murder

The Jakarta Police have arrested two men for allegedly murdering Ong Lucky Mustopo, a 27-year-old Bina Nusantara (Binus) University student, whose remains were found in South Jakarta on June 4.

The two men, identified only as YA alias UJ and BT alias B, were arrested on July 11. YA is a 48-year-old voice-over talent who worked for a video post-production studio in Kemang, South Jakarta. BT is an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver in Grogol, West Jakarta.

“Our personnel arrested YA at his workplace on July 11 at 7 p.m. while BT was arrested at an ojek shelter on Jl. Pulo Tanjung in Grogol, West Jakarta at 11 p.m.,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto told a press conference on Monday.

He said the police also confiscated one iPhone that the suspects had stolen from the victim.

“They had planned to sell the phone to get money to buy putauw [low-grade heroin],” he said.

Ong left home on June 3 at approximately 11 a.m. without informing his parents.

Two local residents, Tabrani, 60, and Suganda, 27, discovered Ong’s dead body in a trash bin at Jl. Kemandoran 2 in Kebayoran Lama district, South Jakarta on July 4 at approximately 1 a.m. and reported their discovery to the Kebayoran Lama Police.

The Jakarta Police’s criminal investigation director, Sr. Comr. Slamet Riyanto, said after Ong’s body was discovered, police personnel immediately examined the crime scene while a team of doctors from Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta conducted a forensic examination on the victim’s remains.

“Based on the autopsy results, the victim died from injuries to his neck and head after somebody hit him repeatedly with a blunt object,” he told a press conference on Monday.

He said the suspects used the victim’s motorcycle to carry his body and toss it in a trash bin on Jl. Kemandoran, but that the suspects denied they had murdered the victim.

“They said the victim died from an overdose after consuming heroin with them. They didn’t know what to do with the body so they decided to toss it in a trash bin,” he said.

He said the police would continue to interrogate the suspects to look into the possibility that they were linked to a network of drug dealers.

Jakarta has witnessed a few murder cases where perpetrators have taken cell phones from their victims.

In August 2011, 21-year-old Binus University student Livia Pavita was murdered and raped by a man who wanted to steal her smartphone. Her body was dumped in a sewer in Cisauk, Tangerang.

In December 2011, Christopher Melki Tanujaya, a 16-year-old student from St. Joseph High School in Singapore, died after a man who wanted to steal his BlackBerry smartphone stabbed him repeatedly in front of Pluit Junction shopping mall, North Jakarta. (ogi)

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