KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of an apartment in Danau Kota, Setapak, woke up to a gruesome scene.
Dozens of residents and security guards sitting down for their breakfast or just waking up in the low-rise medium cost apartment heard a loud sound at about 7.30am yesterday.
Upon rushing out of their homes, they came across the body of a four-year-old boy lying lifeless on the ground with blood spatter on the staircase and along the corridor.
It was only much later that they learnt there had been a fight inside one of the apartment units.
A Nigerian man had allegedly beaten up his family members after they stopped him from trying to rape one of his stepchildren.
In a fit of rage, the man was said to have thrown the boy, his step-grandson, off the building.
Confirming the incident, Wangsa Maju OCPD Supt Rajab Ahad Ismail said the body of the boy was believed to have been thrown from the third storey of the apartment block.
“Preliminary investigations showed that the suspect, a 42-year-old Nigerian man, had earlier tried to rape one of his stepchildren sleeping in the living room.
“His wife and other children saw the attempt and tried to stop it, ” he said.
A fight broke out after the attempted rape and the man allegedly became violent, attacking and punching everyone in the unit.
“The suspect punched and injured everyone inside, including his step-grandson.
“While his wife and stepchildren fled to find help, the suspect picked up the step-grandson and threw him out of the unit.
“He then jumped from the same floor but survived the fall. He was detained by the security guards and members of the public before being handed over to the police, ” said Supt Rajab Ahad in a statement.
Police were notified of the incident at around 8am.
Investigations showed that the man was living with his 49-year-old Malaysian wife and their child, four stepchildren and the step-grandson.
A neighbour, who declined to be named, said she had woken up to frantic screams of help from a woman.
“I heard a loud noise and shouts and then the wife screaming for help.
“My husband went out to see what the problem was and to help but when we saw the man outside the door looking back at us, we went back inside.
“I’ve seen the little boy before. This is such a shock, ” she said.
The neighbour said she had not heard the family fighting before, adding that they were cordial when they interacted with her.
Another neighbour, who also asked not to be named, showed reporters the blood spatter on the staircase outside the apartment unit, said to be from injuries suffered by family members as they fled.
Trails of bloodstains were seen from the third floor all the way down to the ground floor of the stairway.
Outside, the mood was grim as police and forensic officers processed the crime scene.
Other residents continued to express their shock and sorrow, with many saying that they knew the family and lamenting the loss of such a young child.
Supt Rajab Ahad said the man had been arrested and would be remanded today while the survivors had been sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for treatment.
He also urged all witnesses to come forward.
The case has been classified under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
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