Suspect in murder of publisher arrested

Murder suspect U Aung Ko Ko. Photo: Yangon Region Police Force

A Yangon magazine publisher’s alleged affair with a married woman led to his brutal death at the hand of her husband, who confessed to the killing, Yangon Region police said yesterday.
The lifeless body of Wai Yan Heinn, 27, the publisher of Iron Rose, a weekly news magazine, was found on Sunday in his office in Pazandaung slumped against a chair with 15 stab wounds to his stomach and upper body, authorities said.
Police said the victim’s body was discovered after neighbours reported a rotten odour. Wai Yan Heinn’s body was left undiscovered for at least three days, authorities said.
On Wednesday, police arrested U Aung Ko Ko, 31, a cargo ship officer for a Singapore-based shipping company, for the crime.
After questioning friends and colleagues of the victim and investigating places that he frequently visited, police said they found out that the victim had started an affair with U Aung Ko Ko’s wife. Police located her and also found Aung Ko Ko at his parents home in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Under interrogation, police said Aung Ko Ko said that he discovered several months ago that the victim was having an affair with his wife, prompting him to call Wai Yan Hein and eventually go to the Iron Rose Journal Publishing House to meet the victim on 14 April.
During the conversation, they quarreled about the affair, police said.
“Aung Ko Ko burst out in anger, stabbing the victim with a knife on the table nearby. After killing Wai Yan Hein, Aung Ko Ko absconded to Pyin Oo Lwin with his wife and child, taking the iPhone SE of Wai Yan Hein”, according to Yangon Region police.
Wai Yan Hein’s funeral was held on Wednesday.
Pazundaung Township Police Station have opened a criminal case (Pa) 87/2017 under section 302 of the Penal Code. Police said that the murder was not linked with Iron Rose stories as had been incorrectly reported previously.—GNLM

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