Man shoots dead brother he mistook for mousedeer

Firemen retrieve the body of the victim from the riverbank where he was shot.

BAU: A 55-year-old man was shot dead by his older brother who apparently mistook him for a mousedeer during a hunting trip.

The incident occurred at around 10.45pm last Saturday (Apr 10) in a forest at Kampung Stenggang, here.

Bau District police chief DSP Poge Nyaon, in a statement on Sunday, said police have arrested the older brother, aged 60 at his home in Kampung Stenggang later that night.

“According to the suspect, he and his younger brother went to the forest at 7pm to hunt for mousedeers, while his brother would look for frogs in a nearby river.

“Upon reaching the location, the suspect and the victim split up. While the suspect was hunting, he heard a sound at the riverbank and saw what he thought was a mousedeer and fired a shot at the object.

“After the shot was fired, the suspect heard screams and upon examination, he found the bloodied body of his brother,” Poge said.

He added that the suspect panicked and ran back to his house and informed his other siblings of the incident.

The body was later retrieved by villagers with the help of firemen from Bau Fire Station.

Poge said the suspect will be charged under Section 304A of the Penal Code with causing death by negligence and Section 39 of the Arms Act 1960.