GEORGE TOWN: A male tourist from Thailand was stabbed multiple times by a man who was allegedly unhappy with the charges imposed by the victim for unnatural sex services.
Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said the 28-year-old victim from Phuket, who is on holiday here, had befriended the suspect, known as Tommy, via WeChat about two hours before they met.
"In the 11.30pm incident, Tommy was said to have gone to the victim's room for the 'service'. The victim agreed to render the 'service' only after receiving the payment," ACP Anuar said Friday.
He said that during the deal, Tommy had taken a knife from his pocket and stabbed the Thai tourist, resulting in a scuffle between a two before the assailant left the room.
The victim, who sustained injuries on his abdomen, back, hands, neck and face, was treated at Penang Hospital. He is reported to be in stable condition.
Anuar said police have identified the suspect, in his 30s, via closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage obtained from the hotel. - Bernama