Man runs amok, kills two


BALING: The Sun­day morn­ing calm in Kam­pung Lanai, Parit Panjang here was shat­tered as po­lice and foren­sic teams rushed there with sirens blar­ing af­ter a men­tally-ill man beat his brother and a neigh­bour to death.

The grue­some mur­der un­folded about 9.30am when the sus­pect, a lo­cal, in his 30s is be­lieved to have gone amok and hit his 25year-old paral­ysed brother and the 52-yearold neigh­bour to death.

Baling district po­lice chief Supt Shar­if­fud­din Yu­sof said the paral­ysed vic­tim was beaten on the head with a co­conut grater and stick, killing him on the spot while the neigh­bour, who went to check on the loud noise, also suf­fered the sim­i­lar fate.

“The in­ci­dent was trig­gered when the mother and the neigh­bour were try­ing to stop the sus­pect from go­ing out to buy a cig­a­rette af­ter the sus­pect was ob­served be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously.

“We be­lieve his neigh­bour was beaten on the head with a brick,” he said, adding that she was hit with the brick about 8m away from the sus­pect’s house when she was try­ing to es­cape.

The vic­tims have been iden­ti­fied as Muham­mad Azwan Wa­hab (the paral­ysed brother), 26, and Rokiah Ab­dul­lah, 54 (the neigh­bour).

The mur­der was dis­cov­ered by the sus­pect’s mother who im­me­di­ately alerted vil­lagers who later ap­pre­hended the sus­pect.

Shar­if­fud­din fur­ther re­vealed that checks on the back­ground of the sus­pect found that he is a reg­is­tered men­tal pa­tient with a psy­chi­atric card and has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for the past four years in Hos­pi­tal Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim and Hos­pi­tal Sun­gai Pe­tani in Kedah.

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