Fri, 14 Jan 2000

Off-duty guard hacked to death

JAKARTA (JP): Police believe mistaken identity led to the killing on Thursday afternoon of an off-duty security guard in Pela Mampang subdistrict, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta.

The precinct's deputy chief of detectives, First Lt. Firman Noorsya, said a group of men appeared to have confused Nicholas Kopong Dilaga, 30, with another man.

"Nicholas must have looked like someone else. He was mistaken for somebody else, I think, which is why they killed him," Firman said.

Local police have identified at least 10 suspects in the killing.

Nicholas, who worked as a security guard at privately owned TV station Indosiar for the last three years, died of stab wounds to his torso and head, with several deep wounds to his back piercing his chest cavity.

"The suspects often act as unofficial parking attendants in the area. We'll easily find them," Firman said.

Nicholas was visiting a relative's home when a group of men armed with machetes surrounded the house and started yelling, he said.

After repeatedly telling the mob he was not the man they were looking for, Nicholas attempted to flee by the roof.

The men chased and caught him. (ylt)