Kuching restaurant staff attacked after denying entry to diner who wrote fake phone number on customer register

Merbin (second left) and his officers show the machete, metal pipe and other items seized from the three suspects. – Borneo Post photo

By Chew Lip Song

KUCHING police have detained three men who attacked two foreign workers of a restaurant after one of the assailants was denied entry into the premises for writing a fake telephone number at the customer register.

In the Sept 8 incident at Jalan Abell, one of the attackers had written down “123456789” as his contact number and insisted it was his actual number, Borneo Post reported.

He left when denied entry by the restaurant staff but returned about an hour later at around 5.20am with two other men and attacked the workers using hard and sharp objects, leaving them with serious injuries.

The two victims were sent to a private hospital for treatment and are reported to be in stable condition.

Kuching acting police chief Supt Merbin Lisa said the trio – all locals – was nabbed at Batu Kawa around 5.40pm on Wednesday by a team from the Major Crimes Division. Police also seized a machete and metal pipe believed to have been used by the suspects during the incident.

“Also seized were the clothes worn by them as well as vehicles used by them on the day of the attack,” he said.

According to Merbin, the suspects resisted arrests and that all three had previous record of property crime and drug-related offences.

“One of the suspects has a record under the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958. He is also wanted by police for an offence in Serian involving the violation of the Movement Control Order.

“All three are also believed to have perpetrated two robberies – one at a house in Padungan on Sept 7 and the other at a commercial area in Batu Kawa on Sept 9,” he said, adding that drug tests carried out on the suspects found them to be positive for methamphetamine.

All three have been remanded until Sept 17 for further investigation under Section 326 of the Penal Code.


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