KEPALA BATAS: A wedding reception took a sombre turn when a guest became the victim of a fatal snatch theft attempt in Permatang Maggis here.
Retired Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) worker A. Josop, 65, lost control of his motorcycle when two men on another moped forcibly tried to snatch his wife's gold necklace away.
The father of three lost control of his motorcycle, hit his head and died on the spot.
His wife A. Alaies, 52, who was riding pillion, suffered injuries to her left hand and was admitted at the Kepala Batas District Hospital for treatment.
They were travelling from their home in Bagan Ajam, Butterworth, to the Dewan Millenium in Kepala Batas to attend a wedding.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the incident happened on Friday.
He said this before visiting Alaies at the hospital.
Alaies is the second wife as the victim remarried after his first wife passed away 11 years ago.
DCP Abdul Rahim said the case was being investigated.
“The gold necklace, estimated to be worth RM1,000, was recovered at the scene of the crime.
“This is the second fatal snatch theft case of the year,” he added.
On Aug 22, a 35-year-old bouncer was charged with the murder of Tan Kim Chuan, who was left alone and unconscious for several minutes at the Rifle Range Flats here.
Ooi Kean Leong was alleged to have caused the death of Tan at 6.02am on July 10 at a motorcycle parking lot in Jalan Padang Tembak after trying to snatch away her personal belongings.