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She is stabbed to death 100m from her home

JB woman tussles with snatch thieves on motorcycle

Chinese national Du Wei Qing was only about 100m from her home in Johor Baru when she was stabbed to death in a snatch theft attempt in Stulang Laut.

At around 9.45pm on Wednesday (Nov 4), the 44-year-old housewife was walking home alone after dinner at a restaurant in Jalan Ibrahim Sultan when two suspects on a motorcycle drew near.

The suspects tried to grab her handbag, which she clasped tightly between her arm and her side, reported The Star.

After a brief tussle, the pillion rider stabbed Ms Du and fled.

Mr Raymond Chua, 45, who was having dinner at a seafood restaurant nearby, said the eatery was packed when customers heard a loud scream.

He said: "Then, we saw a motorcycle speeding off and a woman collapsing to the ground. It all happened very fast.

"The customers immediately rushed to help the woman and carried her to the front of the restaurant."

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Mr Chua said that some people put a piece of cloth to the woman's wound to stem her bleeding while others called for an ambulance.

"She was still breathing shallowly at that time. By the time the ambulance arrived, around 30 minutes later, she was unconscious," he said.

He added that a man who claimed to be Ms Du's friend later arrived and took her handbag and mobile phone.

Johor Baru South OCPD Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said that Ms Du, who was found with a 5cm stab wound on her back, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is learnt that Ms Du married a Malaysian about three years ago.

She and her husband, who is believed to be an electrician in his 50s, do not have children.

At the Hospital Sultanah Aminah mortuary, an official from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China said Ms Du had recently bought an air ticket to return to China on Nov 16.

Ms Du's husband, he said, was too distraught to speak to anyone.

Said the official: "He was unable to answer our questions and kept crying while clutching their marriage certificate," he said, adding that a post-mortem report stated that Ms Du had died of blood loss.

A neighbour who declined to be identified said Ms Du was a friendly woman and had moved in with her husband three years ago.

"This area is quite prone to snatch theft and we hope that police can patrol this area more often," she said.

ACP Sulaiman added that the case was being investigated as murder and urged witnesses to call the police.

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