Third arrest made over Naeema’s murder

Naeema Moosa, 62, Annaarumaage, N. Manadhoo.

Police, on Sunday night, have made a third arrest in connection to the brutal murder of the middle-aged woman who was found killed in her home at N. Manadhoo.

Naeema Moosa, 62, Annaarumaage, N. Manadhoo, was found stabbed to death in her bedroom at around 06:30 pm on April 7.

A street sweeper employed by the local council, Naeema had lived alone. She was reported missing by her family at around 06:13 pm on April 7. She was last seen on April 5.

The police had to break open her bedroom door and found her lying dead on the floor.

Police, on Sunday night, said a 21-year-old was arrested under a court order in connection to the murder.

A reliable source confirmed to Sun that the suspect arrested tonight has a criminal record with respect to drug-related cases.

The youth, a Manadhoo native, was arrested from capital Male’ City, which is the youth’s island of residence.

The car, allegedly driven by Naeema’s assailants which has been seized by the police, is owned by the youth.

Two other youths have been arrested in connection to the murder while the police have recovered two weapons used in the murder, along with the clothes the assailants were wearing at the time of the crime.

Manadhoo residents report they are known drug addicts.

One of the suspects, Ahzam Abdul Shakoor, 23, Fehivillage, N. Manadhoo, had confessed to the crime during interrogation. He had previously resided in Male’ before relocating back to Manadhoo. He has reportedly been a member of a criminal gang during his time in the capital.

Ahzam was arrested for possession of drugs based on a tip.