KUCHING: An Indonesian barge worker, who ran amok, slashed to death two of his colleagues and critically injured another at Muara Tabuan here early on Monday (Aug 16) morning.
Sarawak deputy police commissioner, DCP Mancha Ata said the incident happened at about 2am at the barge’s captain’s deck where both victims were found lying on the floor.
“One of the victims was the barge’s captain and the other one was a worker. Both victims were local men in their early 20s.
“The cause of deaths of the two victims was due to injuries caused by a sharp object believed to be a machete,” he told a press conference at the state contingent police headquarters today.
Mancha said the injured man, a local in his 50s, was brought to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) by medical officers at the scene.
“The victim is in a stable condition now despite being critically injured,” he said.
Following the brutal incident, Mancha said the suspect surrendered himself to the authorities at the Bintawa Police Station.
He added that the 47-year-old suspect had a valid work permit for employment in the state.
“The suspect will be remanded for seven days until August 23 for further investigations. The case is being investigated under Section 302 and Section 307 of the Penal Code.
“The incident is still under investigation,” he added.
This was the second amok case involving multiple casualties in the state within the past week. The previous one involved a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) serviceman who ran amok and shot three colleagues before shooting himself at the RMAF Handau Guard Station Squadron 330 in Kota Samarahan.