Cops arrest man who allegedly set fire to car in Sipitang

KOTA KINABALU: A 30-year-old man who allegedly set fire to a car in Membakut has been arrested in Sipitang on Saturday (April 13).

Beaufort OCPD Deputy Supt Ismail Abdullah said the suspect entered the compound of a house belonging to the victim on Friday (April 12) and threw an object into his car before fleeing.

It is believed that the victim was having an affair with the suspect's wife.

"The victim had just arrived home and went into his house. He did not see the suspect," he said in a statement on Monday (April 15).

He said the victim's brother-in-law claimed he saw the suspect running into the house compound, opening the car door and throwing an object into the vehicle before fleeing.

Upon checking, he saw that the driver's seat, seatbelt, steering wheel and dashboard were on fire," said DSP Ismail, adding that losses incurred were about RM20,000.

He said a police report was lodged and the suspect was arrested in Sipitang at around 6.30pm on Saturday (April 13).

DSP Ismail said the suspect admitted that he set the car on fire.

He said the suspect has been remanded for seven days until April 21 to facilitate investigations under Section 436 of the Penal Code for causing mischief by fire.

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