The trial of two Pakistani men accused of murdering their roommate and then dismembering his body began on Tuesday (Nov 8), with the court hearing how the duo had allegedly plotted to kill their roommate to recover the money they had lost to him while gambling.
The legless body of 59-year-old Muhammad Noor, also a Pakistani national, was found in a bloodied suitcase along Syed Alwi Road on the evening of June 11, 2014, while his legs were found in another luggage bag nearby at Jalan Kubor Muslim Cemetery.
The prosecution charged that Rasheed Muhammad, 45, and Ramzan Rizwan, 27, had met outside room 44 of a lodging house at 6 Rowell Road – which Rasheed shared with the deceased – to hatch a plot to smother and strangle Muhammad.
Ramzan then allegedly entered the room, took Rasheed’s shirt hanging at the back of the door, and pressed it against Muhammad’s face, while Rasheed used a string to strangle him. When he became motionless, they took about S$6,000 from him.
Next, the duo is said to have headed to Mustafa Centre, where they bought an electric saw and a grey luggage bag. On the way back, they also bought a bow saw and trash bags.
Once back in the room, they allegedly sawed off Muhammad’s legs at his upper thighs, then packed his body and legs into separate trash bags, before putting his legless body into the grey luggage bag. They then made a second trip to Mustafa Centre to buy a black luggage bag, which they used to hold Muhammad’s legs.
At about 12.25pm, they each pulled one bag out of the room. Ramzan allegedly dumped the bag containing Muhammad’s legs at Jalan Kubor Muslim Cemetery, while Rasheed is said to have abandoned the other bag along Syed Alwi Road after one of its wheels broke.
The bag on Syed Alwi Road was found by an 81-year-old man at about 6pm on June 11, the court heard. Ramzan and Rasheed were separately arrested the next afternoon, and Rasheed led the police to the cemetery where the bag with Muhammad’s legs were recovered.
The trial is scheduled for seven days and the prosecution is expected to call on 21 witnesses.