KOTA TINGGI: In a fit of jealousy, a jobless man repeatedly stabbed his pregnant girlfriend and doused her with acid. He exploded in rage on learning that the 17-year-old girl was having an affair with another man.
The teenager, said to be 24 weeks’ pregnant, was stabbed 19 times and suffered massive loss of blood in the incident on Thursday.
She also lost her baby, doctors at the Sultan Ismail Hospital here said.
“Initial investigations revealed that the suspect, aged 42, had known the girl since she was 12,” said Deputy Supt Muhammad Shamsudin, adding that the girl sustained stab wounds to her buttocks, stomach, back and limbs during the attack at her Kampung Baru Sungai Redan home here.
He said the victim was now on a respirator.
“We have retrieved the knife and acid container used in the attack,” he said, adding that the suspect surrendered at the Ulu Tiram police station and confessed to the crime.
DSP Muhammad said the suspect told police interrogators that he was enraged when he found out that his girlfriend was having an affair.
He said the victim was with her 13-year-old sister and a two-year-old niece when the suspect barged into their house at about 9.15am.
“According to the sister, the suspect kicked open the door, went straight for his girlfriend and stabbed her,” he said.
“After repeatedly stabbing her, the suspect went outside the house and returned with a container of acid, which he doused over her body before fleeing.”
An elder sister working at nearby Desa Cemerlang, rushed to the house on hearing the news. The victim was taken to the Sultan Ismail Hospital where she was warded at the intensive care unit. Her condition is critical.
The suspect has been remanded until Dec 21 to help with investigations.
The case is being investigated under Section 307 and Section 326 of the Penal Code for attempted murder and causing grievous hurt.
DSP Muhammad urged anyone with information on the case to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or visit the nearest police station. - theStar