The suspected killer behind the murder of four people at the Myin Phyu Nha Kaung (Two White Horses) traditional medicine house in Taunggyi, Shan State, on 28 April was apprehended the next morning, according to Myanmar Police Force.
The man is identified as Tin Ohn (a) Aik Ohn and was arrested together with almost a viss (3.6 lbs) of gold jewellery and over K700,000 in his possession.
On the day of the incident, Daw Aye Shwe, the owner of the traditional medicine house, was returning from a donation ceremony held at Kamma Htan monastery in Pinlone.
Upon reaching her house, Daw Aye Shwe discovered the deceased bodies of her son-in-law Sai Say Mon, daughter Ma Nan Kham Hlaing, grandson Sai Pha Pha, and housemaid Ma Aye Moe in their home.
She also discovered that 15 gold jewellery and K4 million (about K155 million combined) were missing and opened a case at Taunggyi police station.
Police received information from a law-abiding citizen that led to a search for the suspect. Coupled with evidence from the crime scene and successive investigations, police arrested suspect Tin Ohn at his home in Ahtet Myin Kwin village, Kyaukme Township, at 7am on 29 April.
Police from the Special Criminal Investigation department discovered a viss of gold jewellery and K720,000 in the suspect’s home yesterday that may be evidence of his involvement in the crime.
Motive for murder
Initial investigation reveals that Tin Ohn is a drug addict and cousin of Daw Aye Shwe, the owner of the traditional medicine house. Daw Shwe Aye’s husband has passed away and they had no children of their own and so adopted one of Tin Ohn’s sons from his first marriage.
That son is now married and living separately from Daw Aye Shwe. She is said to have adopted Ma Nam Kham Hlaing 20 years ago as well. Ma Nam Kham Hlaing lives with Daw Aye Shwe and leads the daily operations of the medicine store.
U Tin Ohn is said to have worried that his son would receive less inheritance and also about his own financial difficulties. This is said to have motivated him to team up with other unnamed suspects and mastermind the homicide.
The Myanmar Police Force is continuing investigations to apprehend the remaining suspects and recover the stolen items. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)