KOTA KINABALU: Three people were badly beaten up by a group of people over a misunderstanding on rental payment here.
A CCTV recording of the incident was leaked and circulated in various social media platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp.
The three victims were a 33-year-old Pakistani businessman, his 31-year-old local wife and his 42-year-old cousin who had met up with their landlord's agent prior to the June 2 incident.
Kota Kinabalu acting police chief Supt George Abd Rakman said when the businessman was talking to the agent named Supri, three women and a man - the owner of the rented apartment unit - arrived and approached him.
One of the women took out her handphone to record the meeting,” Supt George said on Thursday (June 6).
Seeing that, the businessman asked if she could stop recording because it seemed like a provocative action.
“The woman recording the meeting then allegedly shouted and cursed, resulting in a heated argument among them,” Supt George said, adding the 1am commotion attracted a large crowd.
Several minutes later, four more men comprising the apartment owner’s father and brothers arrived, and they allegedly went straight to the businessman’s cousin and punched him in the face.
The businessman, who was talking to Supri, immediately went to his cousin’s aid to break off the fight, but he was allegedly beaten up as well.
Supt George said the businessman ran off towards his shop nearby but he was chased and was allegedly beaten up again.
“His wife ran to help him and she was allegedly punched and kicked,” he said.
Policemen later arrived at the scene and urged the parties to lodge a report on the matter.
Following a police report, two local men from Sandakan aged 67 and 37 were nabbed on June 4 and will be charged at the Kota Kinabalu court on Friday (June 7) with rioting.
Supt George said they are hunting for three more people believed to be involved in the case.