GEORGETOWN: A 26-year-old foreigner was stabbed in the abdomen a few times reportedly after a heated argument.
The incident occurred on the ground floor of a guesthouse on Lorong Prangin here.
The building is said to be a shoplot that was converted into a guesthouse.
Georgetown OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the 69-year-old suspect had been an employee there for around eight months, while the victim had been renting a room in the building for around five months.
"According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the incident occurred when the victim and suspect bumped into each other when they were heading for the toilet on the ground floor on Wednesday (Nov 20).
"The suspect and victim started a fight, which caused the suspect to take out a knife and stab the victim in the abdomen once.
"The victim and suspect had not been on good terms as the victim often returned late at night and interrupted the suspect who was resting.
"The forensic department investigated the scene and confiscated a knife and related items for further investigation.
"We have not recorded statements from the victim and suspect as both of them were believed to have been drunk," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 20).
Asst Comm Soffian added that the victim suffered injuries on his head, abdomen and leg.
"The victim is reported to be in stable condition and is being treated at the Penang Hospital.
"The suspect suffered injuries on his palm and was given outpatient treatment at the Penang Hospital.
"Both victim and the suspect were arrested at the scene as the suspect reportedly injured the victim with a knife, while the victim failed to produce a valid personal document," he said.
It is also learnt that the suspect had committed several crime and drug offences before.
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