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A schoolteacher and her adopted daughter were arrested for the gruesome murder of a woman in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township on Monday.
Khin Mya Win, 53, was found dead with slash wounds to the head in her apartment bathroom by her son, Kyaw Ye Naing, when he came home from work on Monday afternoon.
Local police were called to the scene where they interviewed the dead woman’s neighbours, one of whom claimed that she had heard the victim screaming, “Please don’t!” to someone she addressed as sayama [a term of respect for female teachers].
The investigators found a fake gold locket at the scene, which they assumed belonged to an assailant.
Based on information provided by Kyaw Ye Naing, police ascertained that his mother had been in contact with a schoolteacher named Aye Aye Maw for several years. Officers traced her to an address in Thingangyun, where she was serving as a headmistress at a school.
Aye Aye Maw, who also goes by the name Ingyin Khine, was not at home when the police paid her a visit yesterday, but they tracked down her adopted daughter, Kyawt Kay Khine, in the same neighbourhood.
Finding a suspicious-looking wound on her hand, police interrogated Kyawt Kay Khine and she reportedly admitted that the locket at the crime scene belonged to Aye Aye Maw. She then directed police to a guesthouse in South Okkalapa Township where they apprehended her mother.
Aye Aye Maw reportedly confessed to murdering Khin Mya Win that morning, saying that she and Kyawt Kay Khine had visited her house to demand three million kyat (US$2,500) that the woman owed them. The confrontation apparently became heated.
Aye Aye Maw claimed that she started the physical altercation when she hit Khin Mya Win, who in turn tried to strangle her with a telephone cord. Kyawt Kay Khine then reportedly intervened, prompting Khin Mya Win to run into the kitchen and grab a cleaver, which she swung at Kyawt Kay Khine, cutting her hand.
Aye Aye Maw reportedly said that she then wrestled the victim into the bathroom where she repeatedly slashed her in the face and neck with the cleaver. Her and her daughter then grabbed a pillow from the bedroom and smothered her until she stopped breathing. Then they removed her gold necklace and three bracelets before leaving the apartment.
According to the Yangon Police Facebook page, the investigation took just four hours from when the police arrived at the crime scene until the suspects were detained. It says the arresting officers were also able to retrieve the stolen items from a pawn shop.