Suspect who killed a colleague over water wastage dispute nabbed

KOTA KINABALU: Police have arrested a labourer who allegedly killed his colleague over a dispute on wasting water at their quarters on a plantation.

The arrest followed a 36-hour manhunt in the eastern Sabah district of Kinabatangan.

Kinabatangan police chief Supt Dzulbaharin Ismail said the suspect, a foreign labourer, was found hiding under oil palm leaves on the same plantation where he killed fellow worker Lito Salibat at their workers' quarters on Saturday (March 20).

He said police also recovered a 30cm knife, believed to be the murder weapon, from the suspect.

Supt Dzulbaharin said the suspect was arrested at about 4pm on Monday (March 22) after other workers alerted the police that an armed man had come out to ask them for food around 1pm.

A police team and a dog unit finally spotted the suspect hiding under a pile of oil palm leaves in Ladang Melangking in Sukau.

"The suspect did not put up a fight," Supt Dzulbaharin told reporters on Wednesday (March 24).

Police have classified the case as murder and remanded the suspect to assist in investigations.

Supt Dzulbaharin said background checks showed the suspect had no history of criminal behaviour or involvement in drugs.

The victim was attacked after complaining about the suspect's wastage of water when the workers' quarters was facing a shortage.

A post-mortem will be conducted on Lito's remains at Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan on Friday (March 26).

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