Pulau Gaya drug addict slashes uncle after being told off

The man was hiding out in this house when police arrested him.

KOTA KINABALU: A drug addict slashed his uncle on the head with a parang after the latter told him off for acting aggressively towards their neighbours in a water village at Pulau Gaya, off the state capital.

The 45-year-old suspect, who is jobless, had earlier caused a scene by pelting their neighbours’ houses at Kampung Lok Kurai Selanggan with rocks and blocks of wood without any apparent reason at about 11am on Tuesday (Aug 9).

Kota Kinabalu OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaidi Abdullah said this prompted the uncle to reprimand the man, telling him to stop what he was doing.

"He stopped but went back to his house to retrieve a parang," he said on Wednesday (Aug 10).

"The suspect then returned and attacked his uncle with the weapon, slashing him in the head," he added.

On seeing his uncle bleeding, he said, the suspect then fled to the jungles nearby on the island, located about 10 minutes’ boat ride from the city centre.

The victim later sought treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.

ACP Mohd Zaidi said the victim lodged a report soon after, fearing that his nephew would return and further endanger his safety.

Following that, he said, acting from a tip-off, the police managed to track down the suspect in an unnumbered house at the same village at 4.30pm on Tuesday (Aug 9).

"We have arrested the man for investigations under Section 324 of the Penal Code (for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means)," he added.

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