Investigation suggests stabbing murder of 16 year-old was gang attack: police

A police investigation into the stabbing murder of a 16 year-old boy in Male’ last week was making progress although no arrests have yet been made, according to Deputy Head of Specialist Command Mohamed Riyaz.

Speaking to the press at Iskandar Koshi, Riyaz said police had spoken to several people and visited places related to the death, and have gathered information that cannot be revealed at the time for fear of disrupting the investigation.

He said the information received so far suggested that the boy was killed in a gang attack, however he declined to provide further information.

Last Wednesday morning at around 6:00am two patrolling officers discovered the dead body of 16 year-old Mohamed Arham inside the park behind Kulliyathul Dhiraasathul Islamiyya.

His body was found with stab wounds in his neck, back and chest with blood all over his body and on the floor, as well as on the walls of the park.

Mohamed Arham was a student at grade 9 in Dharmavantha School when he died.

The Education Ministry, Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) and police have condemned the attack on the boy.

The park in which he was found dead is known locally as ‘Lorenzo Park’, named after a Male’ gang called ‘Lorenzo’.

Minivan News understands that park is usually used by members or friends of the gang, and that it is very uncommon to find outside visitors sitting in the park.

Friends of Arham have said that he was in the park that night after all his friends left because he was too tired to go home, as he had just finished attending a camp that day.

Arham did not leave the park with his friends and might have fallen asleep in the park alone and assailants may have attacked him while he was asleep, according to some of Arham’s friends.

A friend of Arham’s told Minivan News that they were not sure why he was attacked or who attacked him, because he not had any issues with anyone recently and there was no warning of any attack.

‘’He must have been attacked between 2:00am to 6:00am that night,’’ he added. ‘’That time he would have been by himself in the park because everyone left around 2:00.’’


4 thoughts on “Investigation suggests stabbing murder of 16 year-old was gang attack: police”

  1. Wow thanks, Captain Obvious. Great work by the very intuitive and investigative CSI-Male' team. There's absolutely no way the public would have ascertained that this murder was perpetrated by a gang.

  2. how difficult is it to roundup the handful of gang leaders in Male and do some corrective work on them? They would not be more than 5 or 6. Is it not time to consider this? firemen does not have to wait till a building catches fire, if there is sufficient risk, they can take preventive action. so we need preventive action on this. Its a shame that murders are committed in broad day light in this tiny 1 square meter island and we have so many resources and expertise and wealth to deal with it. the only thing we need is tact, bravery, courage and descision to do something about it.

  3. Bravo! Bravo!

    This is way too progressed than I had hoped for, from these bungling dumbos. I think they must have been offered help by someone else.

    The analysis done here is way above our Polices intelligence.

    thanks goes to the external helper.

  4. Wow. Great news. Ay last Police services have announced it is a murder committed by a gang. You nincompoops are only good at showing brutal force to innocent harmless demonstrators only. There are is nothing you well paid, so called well trained are capable of. Thinking of it, even without any assistance or co-operation from the biased and corrupted Judiciary the former Commissioner and his deputies performed a marvelous job in containing violence, gangs and robberies. That time the Police did not use excessive force against the 21 days long depnstrators though the opposition that time even accused police of using chemical spray against them. Shame on you guys.


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