El­derly man ‘hears voice’, poi­sons self af­ter slash­ing wife

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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