Boy stabbed to death by men­tally un­sta­ble rel­a­tive dur­ing quar­rel

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IPOH: An ar­gu­ment re­sulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy when he was stabbed in the ab­domen by a men­tally un­sta­ble rel­a­tive at a house in Sim­pang Lima, Si­ti­awan, on Tues­day.

In the 7pm in­ci­dent, How Chu Huat, the youngest of eight sib­lings, and his rel­a­tive were in the liv­ing room when an ar­gu­ment broke out.

How’s sis­ter, who re­fused to be named, said she had ear­lier seen her rel­a­tive hold­ing two knives when she re­turned home from work.

“My brother was talk­ing to our rel­a­tive as I went to the bath­room. Soon af­ter, I heard a com­mo­tion as the two quar­relled over some is­sue.

“My mother screamed and called for me. I rushed out and saw How bleed­ing from his ab­domen. I called the am­bu­lance but he suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

“I learnt that my mother and How had ear­lier tried to per­suade the at­tacker to put down the knives.

“There was a strug­gle and in the heat of the mo­ment, he stabbed How,” she said, when met at Raja Per­maisuri Bainun Hos­pi­tal’s Foren­sics De­part­ment here yes­ter­day.

She said How, who stud­ied at SMJK Nan Hwa, was a bright stu­dent and the fam­ily had high hopes for him.

“The at­tacker used to work at a jew­ellery store but had to quit due to his men­tal health. He is now heav­ily de­pen­dent on med­i­ca­tion.

“He has re­fused to take his medicine.

“So, a nurse from the hos­pi­tal has to visit him monthly to ad­min­is­ter the med­i­ca­tion,” she said.

Man­jung po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Muham­mad Hanif Oth­man said the vic­tim died at the scene and the at­tacker was de­tained soon af­ter­wards.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code for mur­der.

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