Another suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Naeema Moosa, has been remanded.
The Maldives Police Service (MPS) revealed that a 21-year-old Maldivian man was recently arrested as a third suspect in connection with the elderly woman’s murder.
The arrest was made in congested capital, Malé City.
MPS revealed that the man was remanded by 30 days on Monday.
Two suspects were earlier arrested in connection with Naeema’s murder on May 26.
The investigation in the case is being conducted as a homicide investigation as authorities have identified alleged loopholes in Naeema’s death, two individuals were arrested in connection with the case earlier.
One of the initial suspects was identified as 23-year-old Ahuzam Abdul Shakoor.
The police institution revealed that they had collected some evidence in connection with the case after one of the accused confessed to the crime and based on the information provided by him.
As such, police confiscated two sharp weapons suspected to have been used to kill the elderly woman, from the scene of the attack.
Officers recovered the items from a pit where the items were buried after they were set on fire.
DNA samples of some individuals who lived near the woman’s house were also collected in connection with the case, with officers having collected DNA samples from those who had gone looking for Naeema in her house as well.
The Manadhoo woman’s family filed a report at the police station on April 7 after not having heard from her for two days. She is to have been living alone in the house which is currently under police watch.
Naeema was found dead inside her room after sundown the same day. Her body was discovered by officers who broke down the door to her room. The elderly woman’s body was reportedly found with injuries.
The police institution declared that there were suspicions and red flags surrounding the woman’s death, which has been ruled as a homicide. After the forensic pathologist ruled out the need for an autopsy examination after collecting samples from the victim’s body, Naeema’s body was handed over to her family and buried the very next day.
The police had also monitored those traveling to and from the island, having declared that no one would be allowed to exit or enter the island without authorization as part of the operation.
The woman was employed by the island council as a sweeper, to clean the island and she is to have been absent for work for two days, when she was reported missing. According to the island council, Naeema was a good worker and had excellent attendance and performance records.
The murder took the country by storm, especially as the island has never reported such a heinous crime.