KOTA KINABALU: Police have arrested a labourer who allegedly killed his wife and torched his house before trying to commit suicide at a factory worker's quarters in Likas near here.
The 59-year-old suspect was nabbed not long after the 2am incident on Monday (June 17).
Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said prior to the incident, the man was arguing with his 61-year-old wife whom he suspected of having an affair.
He also told neighbours who heard the commotion not to intervene.
Soon after, neighbours heard the wife screaming, and they then alerted her brother before calling the police.
"In the heat of the moment, the suspect is believed to have stabbed his wife and tried to start a fire," ACP Habibi.
He said the man had also slit his own throat, but survived.
It is learnt that the deceased's brother had arrived at the scene earlier and went into the house to get his sister
He then took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
ACP Habibi said the suspect locked himself in the house when police arrived and they had to break the door down before arresting him.
The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment and he will be investigated under section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
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