Elderly man ‘hears voice’, poisons self after slashing wife
ALOR GAJAH: A senior citizen, suspected of having a psychotic episode, slashed his wife’s neck and poisoned himself in Taman Kejora, Tebong, here.
A police source said the man was unable to sleep and kept pacing in his home in the wee hours of Friday, prompting his wife to contact his daughter.
“When the mother passed the phone to him to speak to his daughter, he told his daughter that he could not sleep as he was hearing ‘voices’ telling him to commit suicide,” the source said.
Twelve hours later (at 4.30pm on Friday), the wife contacted her 54-year-old brother-in-law for help, frantically screaming over the phone that her husband appeared to be possessed.
“The 65-year-old man had gone berserk and used a blunt knife to slash his wife’s neck. He then consumed an unidentified liquid (believed to be poison),” the source said.
Upon arriving, the brother-inlaw found the couple lying motionless on the floor.
He immediately called for an ambulance.
The man was admitted to Melaka Hospital’s red zone, and died at 6am yesterday. His wife is in a stable condition.
It is learnt that the couple had been happily married for 45 years, and that the husband only began behaving oddly and stopped eating three days before the incident.
Alor Gajah district police chief A. Asmadi Abd Aziz confirmed the case, adding that the motive behind the incident was unknown.
The man was unemployed while the woman was a housewife.