Manhunt for suspect

The victim's brother points at the hoe thrown by the suspect after the crime.

SIBU: Police are on the hunt for a man suspected of severely injuring another person last Saturday.

The 53-year-old victim was allegedly attacked by the suspect in his 30s who is believed to be mentally unstable, with a hoe in the victim’s house at Lorong Arau 6 here.

District police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the victim suffered traumatic injuries to his brain and his posterior skull (back of the skull) was ruptured in the incident.

The victim also suffered injuries on his right cheek to his earlobe and a fractured left arm. The victim is currently in stable condition.

He explained that the complainant (victim’s older brother) was alerted by his brother (victim) around 7.20am that there was an unknown man about to enter his home.

“When the complainant arrived around 8am, he found the gate open and it prompted him to enter the house and found his brother lying on his back.

“The victim’s head was covered in blood and there were injuries on the right ear. The complainant then called an ambulance and the victim was rushed to hospital for immediate treatment,” Stanley said in a statement.

The police chief said investigations found that the victim previously worked in the banking sector but had stopped working after he suffered from stroke.

At the crime scene, there were no traces of a break-in and the victim’s wallet and mobile phone placed on the living room table of the house were not tampered with.

He added that according to a witness (victim’s neighbour), an unknown man was seen throwing a hoe out of the house before fleeing.

Stanley said the hoe believed to be the weapon used by the suspect, was seized as evidence.

“The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon,” he said.