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.