Date
23 July 2017
A plainclothes policeman (inset) carries a rolled mattress believed to have contained the body of Wiji Astutik Supardi. A Pakistani man was arrested in Tuen Mun while arranging to flee Hong Kong by boat . Photos: Apple Daily, Wikipedia
A plainclothes policeman (inset) carries a rolled mattress believed to have contained the body of Wiji Astutik Supardi. A Pakistani man was arrested in Tuen Mun while arranging to flee Hong Kong by boat . Photos: Apple Daily, Wikipedia

Suspect in Indonesian mattress killing caught trying to flee

A Pakistani man linked to the killing of an Indonesian woman whose body was found wrapped in a mattress on Monday has been arrested while trying to leave Hong Kong by boat.

Apple Daily is reporting that the 30-year-old man, surnamed Wahaj, and an unnamed 21-year-old Indian accomplice were trying to arrange transport out of Hong Kong when police swooped on them Wednesday at the Cafeteria New Beach in Tuen Mun.

Both are holding temporary Hong Kong identity cards, pending approval of their refugee application, according to police sources.

Police are treating the case as murder and the Pakistani man, believed to be the victim’s boyfriend, is being held as a suspect.

A coroner’s report concluded that Wiji Astutik Supardi, 37, died from head injuries caused by a blunt object. She also suffered broken bones.

Passers-by found her body wrapped in a mattress in Changsha Street in Mong Kok district Monday morning.

Supardi, who came to Hong Kong in 2007, had been living with the suspect in the area where her body was found, police said.

She had been staying in Hong Kong on a temporary permit while awaiting the result of her refugee application. 

Police records show she was assaulted by her boyfriend in February but refused to press charges.

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