‘Ar­rest man who at­tacked my daugh­ter’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUCH­ING: “Ar­rest the man who hurt my daugh­ter. He has com­mit­ted many sins and poses a dan­ger to so­ci­ety.”

Those were the words of the fa­ther of an 8-year-old girl, who be­came the vic­tim of a re­venge at­tack against her fam­ily on Wed­nes­day.

The girl’s lit­tle fin­ger on her right hand was sev­ered af­ter she was at­tacked by her con­vict un­cle at the fam­ily’s rented unit on the up­per floor of a shop­house in Kota Padawan here.

The girl’s mid­dle fin­ger, on the same hand, was se­verely slashed in the 1.30pm in­ci­dent.

Re­lat­ing the or­deal, the man, who wished to re­main anony­mous, told the New Straits Times that the as­sailant was go­ing af­ter his wife be­fore vent­ing his anger on their daugh­ter.

“Ac­cord­ing to my daugh­ter, the sus­pect asked where her mother was when he charged into the house.

“He also told my daugh­ter that he wanted to kill my wife. My daugh­ter, who was shocked and trau­ma­tised, burst into tears.

“He later did the un­think­able when he at­tacked my daugh­ter. How could he do such a thing to my lit­tle girl,” said the girl’s fa­ther, 39, at his house yes­ter­day.

The man said he and his wife were work­ing at a restau­rant on the ground floor of a shop­house when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

The man said the vic­tim was stay­ing with her 19year-old brother, who was sleep­ing in his room dur­ing the at­tack.

“We did not see the man go­ing up to our rented unit. We were alerted by a col­league, who saw my daugh­ter cry­ing with her hand drip­ping with blood, from the bal­cony of our unit,” he said.

The vic­tim’s fa­ther, how­ever, de­clined to com­ment on why the rel­a­tive held a grudge against his wife but ad­mit­ted that the sus­pect was also a for­mer em­ployee at the restau­rant.

He said his daugh­ter was re­spond­ing well to treat­ment at the Sarawak Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal here.

“She has un­der­gone reat­tach­ment surgery for her sev­ered fin­ger,” he said.

Padawan dis­trict po­lice chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Aidil Bol­has­san said a man­hunt has been launched for the 31-year-old sus­pect from Kota Sa­ma­ra­han.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the vic­tim’s fa­ther had lodged a po­lice re­port against the sus­pect for the lat­ter’s sus­pected in­volve­ment in break-in ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Aidil Bol­has­san

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