Wed, 17 May 2000

Man detained for killing father

JAKARTA (JP): An officer said the Cipayung Police arrested a secondhand goods vendor on Tuesday morning for killing his father during a family dispute.

East Jakarta Police chief of detectives Capt. Agus Irianto said police arrested 35-year-old Saun bin Anja for murdering his father, 70-year-old Anja bin Bentong, in front of Anja's house in Kampung Munjul, Cipayung district, East Jakarta.

"Saun admitted to killing Anja, a father of nine, because he could no longer stand the treatment he received from Anja, who repeatedly scolded him.

"During questioning, Saun told police he did not mean to kill his father, but only to teach him a lesson," Agus said.

He said Saun, who is the victim's eldest son, earned his living by collecting and selling used goods which he kept in his father's house. Anja, apparently displeased with Saun's job, repeatedly threw the used goods out of his house.

"His father's actions angered Saun and the two were involved in heated arguments daily," he said.

At approximately 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Saun took a fork-shaped digging tool and hit Anja three times in the head while the two were in the garden. Anja suffered two deep cuts to his head.

Agus said the victim fell and died on the scene, at which point Saun fled.

"He was seen running away in a panic by a neighbor, Cecep, who lives near the murder scene.

"Based on Cecep's statement, police searched for Saun for questioning. He was found at 8 a.m. today (Tuesday) in the neighborhood," he said.

Separately, Ibrahim, Saun's brother, said at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital's morgue that he was told by a neighbor to check on a "suspicious" object in the yard in front of Anja's house.

"At first, I thought it was one of the statues collected by Saun, but then I recognized it as my father's sarong. I found out later that he was already dead," Ibrahim said. (06)