GEORGE TOWN: After being on the run for nearly eight months, a man was finally arrested over the death of his wife, set on fire at her house in Bukit Mertajam.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said the 40-year-old man was nabbed at a night market in Jalan Cenderuh, Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 17.
“We have been looking for him since the incident on June 24 last year. He has been on the run for nearly eight months,” he said when contacted here yesterday.
It was reported that a neighbour alerted the police after spotting the man’s 36-year-old wife engulfed in flames at her house in Taman Bayu Mutiara in Bukit Mertajam.
The mother of two died from her injuries after fighting for her life for 40 days. She suffered 70% burns on her body.
It is learnt that the man will be charged with murder in court tomorrow.
In another case, a 38-year-old man wanted for murder was detained outside an apartment block in Jalan S.P. Chelliah here after he caused a ruckus.
During the 6.30am incident yesterday, the man, who came in a BMW Z4, had randomly knocked on the door of an apartment unit before being told off by the occupant.
He then went to another unit at another block and started prodding the wooden door with a sharp object. Nobody was at home as the tenant only used the unit for his tuition classes.
Shortly after, the police came and took him away.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said a check later revealed that the man was wanted in connection with a Simpang Ampat murder case in July last year.
“We also need his assistance to help shed light on a road accident and possession of stolen goods,” he said, adding that the man had been banished from the state four times over the past few years.