KUALA LUMPUR: Swift response by the public and police led to the immediate capture of a 39-year-old welder-cum taxi driver who allegedly slashed another cabbie to death near Jalan Pudu Ulu Cheras here.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh said police rushed to the scene after the public alerted them of the incident at about 6.10am on Saturday.
“We found the 63-year-old cabbie lying in a pool of blood by the roadside, not far from where the suspect was first detained.
“Initial investigations revealed that the welder was a passenger in the victim’s taxi.
“We believe that a scuffle had ensued between the two men following a disagreement over the fare,” he said when contacted.
ACP Mohan said police were not ruling out the possibility that the welder had attempted to rob the cabbie.
In another development, City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the welder was previously wanted for the possession of Ketamine and drug abuse but tested negative following a drug test.
“We managed to recover a seven-inch kitchen knife believed to have been used to kill the cabbie.
“The victim’s body was sent to the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) for a post-mortem,” he said adding that victim's last known address was Taman Sri Indah, Cheras.
The case has been classified as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.