Captain of fishing vessel murdered by employees

February 20, 2017

HURFOM: On January 29, 2017, a fisherman was found dead with stab wounds to the neck on Nhet Pyaw (Banana) Island in the Andaman Sea, west of Ye City.

It was reported that the fisherman, U Myint Oo, 54, who is from Irrawaddy Division, was stabbed in the neck at 1:30 am on January 29, with a sharp knife that was used to process fish by his worker Nay Soe Tun, 23, who is from Myeik City, Tenasserim Division.

Nay Soe Tun had stabbed U Myint Oo to death while he was being held by two other fishermen Tun Thu, 21, and Wai Lu, aka Ko Min. After that, with the help of Tun Thu and another co-worker, Aung Chan Thar, 19, they carried the body of U Myint Oo, tied his left leg to the rudder of the motor-boat and threw the body into the sea in order to cover up their crime.

However, the boat did not go far and the corpse was spotted by U Soe Khine, 51, while on his own fishing vessel at 6:00 am later that morning.

U Soe Khine reported the case to the Zee Pyu Thaung Police Station, near Ye City, and police officials arrested Nay Soe Tun and the three accomplices while also collecting evidence.

The police have charged the four fishermen with murder under Article 302 of the Penal Code and the investigation has been led by Inspector Aye Nyein Zaw of the Zee Pyu Thaung Police Station.

According to reports from the police, Nay Soe Tun was physically and verbally abused by U Myint Oo while at work, and the murder was revenge for U Myint Oo’s behavior.

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