Psychiatric observation for old man


  • Nation
  • Friday, 18 Apr 2003

BY V.CHANDRASEKARAN

BALING: The 86-year-old man who buried the remains of his wife in his backyard in Kampung Jawa Batu Dua last Saturday will be referred to Baling Hospital for psychiatric observation. 

Baling Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Mohamad Sukri Awang said police believed that Tasiam Tudy Krumo might be suffering from mental illness. 

“We will pick him up immediately and send him for observation,” he said in an interview yesterday. 

On Saturday, Tasiam dug a 0.6m-deep grave about 14m away from his house and buried the remains of his wife, Sarmi Parman, 84, who had died on Thursday. Tasiam had kept the remains in his house for two days.  

The matter came to light when a female relative visited him on Tuesday and enquired about his wife. The woman’s husband who went to the house later sensed something amiss and found a heap of earth at the back of the house.  

He reported the matter to the police the same day. Tasiam was later picked up for questioning. 

Sarmi’s remains were exhumed at 11.15am on Wednesday by a team from the Alor Star Hospital, headed by pathologist Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohd Noor, for a post-mortem. 

DSP Mohamed Sukri said the post-mortem report on the deceased revealed that she had died from natural causes. 

Tasiam’s son, Shalan, 49, a factory worker staying in Seberang Prai, said his father was admitted to the Sungai Petani Hospital for two days for mental illness 10 years ago.  

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