KUALA TERENGGANU: An Indonesian man was strangled to death by a python weighing 100kg in Kampung Batu Rambutan, Jabor here Friday night.
The victim has been identified only as Safar, 49.
He was on his way home on his motorcycle after visiting a friend in Jabor prior to the incident.
The victim is believed to have stopped when he spotted the snake crossing the road and then tried to capture the reptile.
However, the snake became aggressive and wrapped itself around the victim's body and strangled him to death.
According to witness Mohd Yazid Ibrahim, 30, he was on his way home in Kampung Jabor when he heard the victim's screams for help and upon checking he saw the snake had coiled itself around the victim's body, from the feet up to his neck.
"We tried to help but the snake acted aggressively and my wife rushed to the village for help," he said.
The victim suffered multiple injuries after being strangled by the snake for an hour before villagers hacked the reptile to release its death grip.
Kemaman district police chief Supt Mohd Said Ibrahim confirmed the incident.
He said the case was classified as sudden death and the body of the victim had been sent to the Kemaman Hospital for a postmortem. - Bernama