JOHOR BARU – The bodies of four people in a family: a couple and their 14 year-old son and nine-year- old daughter were found in their house in Mutiara Rini, Skudai, here at about 2.30pm today in a possible murder-suicide case.

Iskandar Puteri district police chief Assistant Commissioner Noor Hashim Mohamad said the body of a liquor wholesaler, Pubalan Retnam, 53, was found hanging by a piece of cloth from the ceiling in a bedroom in the two-storey terrace house.

His wife Jeya Pichamuthu, 46, who was said to have been ill due to kidney ailments for a long time, was found dead on a bed in the living room on the ground floor. She had no injury marks on her.

The bodies of their son Sharveen Pubalan and daughter Krishaa Priteena were found with strangulation marks on their necks and were lying side by side in another bedroom.

Noor Hashim said a note was found in the house which is believed to have been written by Pubalan.

“There are no elements of intruders involved in the case.

He said the case was, for now, being investigated for murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, as well as for sudden death.

MEANWHILE, according to The Star:

A man was found hanged after he allegedly strangled his two children earlier in the day.

His wife, who had been suffering from kidney failure and on dialysis for the past four years, was also found dead in the living room of the double-storey house.

The deceased have been identified as R. Pubalan, 52, a liquor trader; his wife P. Jeya, 42; 14-year-old son P. Sharveen and nine-year old daughter Krishaan Priteena.

Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Noor Hashim Mohamad said the victims were found dead in separate areas of the house in Jalan Utama 41, Mutiara Rini by Pubalan’s friend.

ACP Noor Hashim said when the friend arrived at the house, he saw a note placed on the car saying that the house was unlocked.

When Pubalan’s friend entered the house, he saw Jeya’s body in the living room and immediately went upstairs.

ACP Noor Hashim said the victim’s friend saw Pubalan hanged in one of the bedrooms while the bodies of the two children were in another room.

“Initial investigations show signs of strangulation on the children’s necks,” he said.

However, there were no signs that Jeya might have been strangled and police are waiting for post-mortem results to determine if she had died due to her disease.

The family’s neighbour C. Kumaran, 46, said the couple hardly mixed with their neighbours and spent most of their time indoors.

Kumaran, who works as a technician in Singapore, said he last saw Pubalan at around 9.30am.

“I saw him come back with some food for the family,” he said.

Kumaran said the family only moved to the house in December last year.

ACP Noor Hashim said the case in being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.