Indonesian man kills parents, sister with poison over financial burden

The victims’ bodies covered by blankets. Photo: Handout
The victims’ bodies covered by blankets. Photo: Handout

Police in Magelang, Central Java have arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of the murder of his parents and his sister in a case that has shocked the nation.

The suspect, identified by his initials DD, allegedly slipped arsenic into the tea and coffee drank by his father, 58-year-old AA, his mother, 54-year-old HR, and his older sister, 25-year-old DK on Monday morning. 

DD called the household’s assistant, Sartinah, for help when the victims began to react violently to the poison. When Sartinah arrived, she said the victims were unconscious in the bathroom, and that they passed away soon after.

Police arrested DD, who confessed to three counts of murder.

“He was upset that he was given the burden of paying for the family’s needs and the parents’ medication. The father had just retired two months ago,” Magelang Police interim chief Mochammad Sajarod Zakun said today in regards to DD’s motive.

DD also told the police that he felt it was unfair that DK was not required to make financial contributions to the family.

The suspect said he bought the poison online.

Premeditated murder is a crime punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty in Indonesia.

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