Vic­tim hurled a pipe at a dog, but had in­stead hit the sus­pect’s chil­dren

New Straits Times - - News - AWANG ALI OMAR SANDAKAN

AMAN was beaten to death in a fight that started af­ter he hurled a pipe at a barking dog at a squat­ter colony here on Tues­day.

The man was beaten up by the owner of the dog as the pipe that was meant for the dog had in­stead struck his chil­dren in the 8.30am in­ci­dent.

A neigh­bour, who saw the com­mo­tion, lodged a re­port and claimed the dog owner was armed with an iron rod, while the vic­tim, a plas­tic pipe.

Around noon the same day, po­lice ar­rested a 30-year-old man out­side a nearby restau­rant and re­cov­ered a 90cm rod, be­lieved to be the mur­der weapon.

Dis­trict po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mohd Azhar Hamin said the case was clas­si­fied as mur­der.

Azhar said the 8.30am in­ci­dent took place at the colony near Ta­man Mu­tiara here.

The man, in­fu­ri­ated by the barking dog, hurled an iron pipe at it, but had in­stead hit two chil­dren.

A fight en­sued be­tween the vic­tim, whom po­lice be­lieve was drunk, and the sus­pect, who is the dog owner and fa­ther of the chil­dren.

“A neigh­bour, who filed the re­port, saw the sus­pect us­ing an iron pipe, while the vic­tim, a plas­tic pipe, in the fight,” he said.

Azhar said the sus­pect fled the scene with his chil­dren be­fore he was ar­rested at 1.25pm.

“The uniden­ti­fied vic­tim was pro­nounced dead at the scene and the body was sent to the Duchess of Kent hos­pi­tal for post-mortem.

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