JASIN: An elderly woman was slapped repeatedly by a relative for being slow in attending to her great-granddaughter.
The 69-year-old victim from Batang Melaka is now facing the prospect of losing her eyesight due to the assault, allegedly by her granddaughter’s husband.
Doctors at the Jasin Hospital have referred her to an eye specialist in Melaka Hospital as her injuries are too serious.
OCPD Deputy Supt Arshad Abu said a 24-year-old jobless man was arrested in Bachang on Monday.
DSP Arshad said background checks showed the suspect had two records for drug abuse.
“His urine test also came back positive,” he said.
He added that the case would be investigated under Section 325 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.
DSP Arshad said initial investigations showed the suspect got angry when the victim was slow in attending to the eight-month-old baby girl at about 6am on Monday.
“At the time, the victim was in the washroom when the baby wailed loudly.
“When she finally came out to attend to her, the suspect scolded, hurled verbal abuses, and slapped her several times, causing her to pass out.
“The suspect then fled the house with his wife and child,” DSP Arshad said.
It is learnt that the victim worked as a helper in a school canteen and supported the suspect with her RM250 monthly salary.