The murder of a local businessman from Dhangethi, Alif Dhaal Atoll, earlier this month was motivated by money, a police investigation revealed.
Mahmood Aboobakr, 57, was discovered tied up and dumped in an abandoned well in Dhangethi on October 14, following an island-wide search hours after he was reported missing.
According to the first police statement on the murder investigation, they discovered various things related to the crime, including Mahmood’s phone and national ID card, buried in the backyard of the house where the suspect, Sha Alom Mia (Salim), lived as a caretaker to an elderly Dhangethi resident.
Police also stated that the homicide investigation has yielded no more suspects other than the Bangladeshi citizen who was arrested.
On Saturday, a team of top police officers, led by Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed, travelled to Dhangethi. The team met with representatives of the local council and Mahmood’s family to inform them on some of the investigation’s findings.
According to the findings of the investigation, Salim took Mahmood to his residence and demanded money, but when Mahmood refused, he was slain in a quarrel. According to his relatives, Mahmood had between MVR 25,000 and 30,000 in cash in his wallet the night he went missing.
Mahmood was stabbed many times, according to authorities. Salim murdered Mahmood and placed his corpse in sacks before tossing the body over the wall of his house and onto the road, and then the body was transported and thrown into a well at an abandoned house near his house, police said.
Salim became the lead suspect in the murder probe when police got multiple reports of a loud noise coming from Salim’s house on the night the victim went missing.