Inspector accused of killing single mother in high-profile case
Tuesday May 15, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: A police inspector has been charged with the high-profile murder of a single mother in Sabah's interior Keningau nearly seven months ago.
Keningau CID investigating officer Insp Rizal Umar, 30, was charged with murdering 27-year-old Kartini Borhan at a house at Lot 7, Phase 5, Taman Adika, Keningau between 4am and 5am on Sept 29 last year.
No plea was recorded after the charge was read before magistrate Norhamizah Shaiffuddin in Keningau.
The court set May 19 for mention of the case when Senior Federal Counsel Jamal Aripin is expected to apply to transfer the case to the High Court in Kota Kinabalu.
Norhamizah ordered Rizal to be remanded at the Kepayan prison here pending the outcome of the case.
Rizal, who was at the centre of the investigations into Kartini's murder, was transferred to the operations room of the Kepayan state police headquarters here after being released on police bail.
He was suspended following the charge.
Over 20 members of Kartini's family including father Borhan Sulaiman, 52, who is the principal of SK Banjar, were at the court yesterday.
The murder of Kartini, a mother of a seven-year-old girl, took a twist when police investigated deeper into the events that led to her murder.
Initially she was believed to have been stabbed by an intruder during a break-in at her house.
Following her murder, her family members had been making numerous public calls and lodged police reports trying to find her killer.