Yangon couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

The suspected murder weapons, which Victor Raj bought two days before his death. Photo: Yangon Police
The suspected murder weapons, which Victor Raj bought two days before his death. Photo: Yangon Police

The bodies of Indian national Victor Raj, 48, and his Myanmar wife, Khine Sabei Hnin Aung, 31, were discovered in their home in their Thaketa Township last Thursday. Police suspect that Raj killed his wife before killing himself.

Yangon police said CCTV footage of the house showed no one else entering the premises around the time of the couple’s deaths. House staff also told police that Raj instructed them on June 1 not to clean his room and to tell anyone who asked about him that he had traveled abroad.

The bodies were discovered by the couple’s maid. Khine Sabei Hnin’s injuries included a slashed neck and wounds inflicted by a hammer. Raj’s body was found slashed at the wrists, abdomen, and chest.

Police also found proof that Raj had bought a hammer and a meat cleaver from Capital Hypermart two days before the alleged murder-suicide.

Victor Raj
CCTV footage captures Victor Raj buying a meat cleaver and a hammer at Capital Hypermart two days before his death and that of his wife. Photo: Yangon Police

The investigation found that Raj had recently been fired from his job and was heavily in debt, including owing over US$3,500 to his wife.

The couple had been married for four years and had no children.

After hearing the findings of the police investigation, neighbors told Eleven that the conclusions were premature and called for a full autopsy on the couple.


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