The 36-year-old suspect (right) being taken to the Gong Badak police station in Terengganu yesterday. — NST picture by Taufiq Daud
KUALA TERENGGANU: In a case of life mimicking fiction, a 36-year-old man slashed his younger brother with a knife after reading violent stories in comic books in Kampung Batu 10 here on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old victim was caught by surprise when the suspect, who is married with two children, suddenly pinned him down and slashed his palm with a 15cm knife.
Things could have been worse in the 5.30pm incident if not for the intervention of passers-by who restrained the suspect as he put the knife to his brother's throat.
However, the suspect remained violent and threw the knife at a policeman who came to detain him.
The policeman received a small cut in the forearm and the suspect, who works as a welder, was arrested after a short scuffle.
The suspect said he felt driven to act out the fight scenes in the martial art-themed comic books that he had been reading since he was a teenager.
He said this urge started about two years ago after he bought a belt from an Indonesian man.
He said he would go into a trance-like state when he read the comic books wearing the belt.
State Criminal Investigation Department deputy chief (Intelligence/Operations) Superintendent Mohd Zani Che Din said the suspect was taken to the Gong Badak police station for further investigation, while the victim and policeman received outpatient treatment at Sultanah Nur Zahirah hospital.
The victim told the New Straits Times that a day before the incident, the suspect had smashed a relative's BMW car windscreen.
"He was acting weird as if he was not aware of his surroundings. I was lucky some passers-by came to my aid as my brother put the knife to my throat after slashing my palm." - nst