JOHOR BARU: A 32-year-old computer programmer has been remanded for seven days over the death of a man who allegedly tried to rob him in his house.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sahurinain Jais confirmed that a remand order had been issued.
"The arrest is our standard procedure in a case the leads to a death" said ACP Sahurinain.
"He has been detained under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 302 of the Penal Code.
"We are looking at all angles in the investigation, including his right to defend himself from the robber (the deceased)," he said.
The man is now hospitalised at Hospital Sultan Aminah for injuries suffered during the incident that occurred on Wednesday (Jan 3).
He said the man was admitted to the hospital for head injuries and had received eight stitches.
ACP Sahurinain said initial investigations showed that the man had injured the now-deceased robber using a 22cm kitchen knife.
"A post-mortem on the deceased revealed that the cause of death was due to a stab wound to the neck" he said in a statement on Thursday.
The deceased's body was found behind the house that he had earlier broken into.
It is believed the alleged robber had used a screwdriver to pry open a window to gain entry into the house in Ulu Titan here at around 2.45pm
The man was in the house alone and the alleged robber had forced him around the house – with a screwdriver to the head – to search for valuables.
As the alleged robber was leaving the house from the kitchen, the man managed to grab a knife and a fight ensued.
The alleged robber managed to escape but he was found dead at the back of the house with injuries on his head, left arm and elbow.
ACP Sahurinain said police found a wallet, RM730 in cash, a gold ring and a mobile phone inside the left pocket of the deceased's pants.
He said the deceased's last known address was in Pekan Pendant, Kedah, and he had 14 criminal records, including drug-related offences and robberies.
ACP Sahurinain said the deceased's next-of-kin had yet to come forward and claim the body.