SIBU: A 43-year-old Pakistani national has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a furniture shop in Sibu Jaya on Friday (Nov 29).
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the 3.45am incident caused 70% damage to the shop owned by a 38-year-old Pakistani man.
"Two teams of firemen from Sungai Merah and Sibu Central fire stations arrived at the scene at 4am and found the shop already 70% destroyed," he said.
A screengrab of a CCTV in the area showed a man wearing a motorcycle helmet rushing out of the shop. Not long after, a fire erupted from the inside of the shop, he added.
Initial investigations by firemen showed that arson was believed to be the main cause of the fire, with losses estimated to be around RM70,000.
This prompted the police to immediately conduct further investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect.
"The suspect had also operated his own furniture business in Sibu Jaya for more than 10 years while the complainant had only started his in April this year," he said.
He said it was believed that the victim who used to buy furniture from the suspect had stopped doing so recently.
This enraged the suspect and he would frequently disturb and threaten to burn the victim's shop.
"We have detained the suspect. He will be remanded under Section 435 of the Penal Code for arson," he added.
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