Stephanie Foray and why she's murdered

A follow up to "Stephanie Foray is found in Tioman ... not alive?!?!".

Again, it's just a possible motive. Stephanie Foray might have been killed because she had refused to have sex with the suspect, businessman Asni Omar.

French tourist Stephanie Foray was believed to have been struck on the head with a bottle by her assailant when she had refused to have sex with him.

This, police believe, was how the 30-year-old tourist was murdered before her body was buried in a cave in Tioman.

DNA test results released late last week confirmed the skeletal remains were that of Foray's.

Sources close to the investigations also revealed that the main suspect in the case, a 36-year-old orchard owner, had led police to a dumping ground on the island where they seized a bottle, believed to be the murder weapon.

Police believe the suspect and the victim had been drinking and she was murdered when she refused to have sex with him.

However, it is still not known if the French woman was raped as police are still waiting for the test results.

Pahang CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner T. Narenasegaran said the suspect is expected to be charged with Foray's murder at the magistrate's court in Pekan today.

Two other suspects who had been arrested earlier to facilitate investigations have been released on bail.

Foray's remains are still at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital mortuary in Kuantan.

Her mother and sister, who arrived here last week to assist in identifying the remains, could not be contacted yesterday.

Foray, who worked as a communication officer in France, arrived in Malaysia on May 5 after spending several months touring India and Sri Lanka.

After spending two days in Kuala Lumpur, she went to Malacca on May 7 before taking a ferry from Mersing to Tioman.

The woman, who travelled alone, was reported missing by her family in France in June after they failed to contact her.

Police investigations led them to Tioman where they arrested the suspect after finding Foray's handphone and several Sri Lankan currency notes on him.

He later led police to a shallow grave in a cave some 100 metres behind his wooden house.

From Asiaone, "French tourist killed for refusing to have sex".

Malaysian prosecutors yesterday charged a man with murder in connection with the death of a French woman whose remains were found in a cave on Tioman Island.

A report quoted investigators as saying she was killed after refusing the man's sexual advances.

Ms Stephanie Foray, a 30-year-old French civil servant, was reported missing in May while she was travelling alone in Malaysia.

Police found human remains buried in a cave on Aug 8 and reportedly confirmed through DNA tests last week that they were hers.

The suspect, businessman Asni Omar, was charged in a district court in Pahang state with Ms Foray's death. A conviction carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging. Prosecutors said he has not entered a plea.

The trial is expected to be transferred to a higher court, but no date was immediately scheduled for a hearing.

The police said Asni and Ms Foray had been drinking together and she was murdered when she refused to have sex with him, The New Straits Times reported.

The police are still waiting for test results to determine if Ms Foray was raped.

From Today, "French tourist killed for refusing to have sex".


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