POLICE have arrested a house owner in Sibu for allegedly cutting off the hand of his tenant’s boyfriend and throwing it away.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the 59-year-old landlord carried out the ghastly act as he suspected the victim had broken into the house he gave for rent in Jalan Hua Khiew.
According to The Star, Stanley said that at about 5pm yesterday, the 21-year victim was at Sibu Gateway with his girlfriend, 28, when a police MPV team told them to disperse.
“When the couple arrived at the house, they saw broken pieces of glass on the floor. The landlord, armed with a parang, then showed up on a motorcycle and angrily accused the victim of breaking into the house and damaging the windows,” he said.
When both of them denied it, the suspect, who is a retired technician, took out his parang and cut off the victim’s left hand.
“The victim and his girlfriend fled the scene to avoid further attacks and were taken by a member of the public to seek help from the police,” ACP Stanley said.
A police team rushed to the house to locate the victim’s hand and the parang but could not find them.
Stanley said police believed that the suspect had thrown it away.
“The suspect’s wife revealed that he has been suffering from mental illness for the past five years and had not sought treatment,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt using a dangerous weapon.