Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ghost Told Me To Stab Family, Says Youth

A youth claimed that a “ghost” directed him to stab his family members, which caused the death of his father during a scuffle at their home in Kampung Duyung Wan Su, Duyung Besar, here. However, police are probing the 20-year-old boat repairer under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, and also screening him for suspected drug abuse. In the 2am incident on Wednesday the suspect, wielding a 32cm survival knife, ran amok before stabbing his elder brother, who was asleep in one of the bedrooms in the house. His 30-year-old brother sustained serious injuries and is currently warded in critical condition at Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah. His 51-year-old father, who heard his eldest son’s cry for help, ran to his aid and attempted to grab the knife from his youngest son.State deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Hamzah Md Jamil said the father was stabbed during the scuffle and later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect, who was also injured in the brawl, finally handed over the weapon to his mother. The family is involved in boat maintenance and the service industry here. SAC Hamzah said preliminary investigations revealed that the incident had not been triggered by family disputes. However the suspect, during interrogation, claimed that a “ghost” had directed him to stab his family members. “We are still continuing our probe to determine the actual story behind the incident, and will conduct drug tests on the suspect,” SAC Hamzah added.