SUNGAI PETANI: A 60-year-old rubber tapper died after her son allegedly slashed her head with a parang at their house in Kampung Padang Buluh, Sidam Kiri near here.
The woman's body was found sprawled in a pool of blood in the kitchen by a relative.
She had just returned home from tapping rubber and was about to prepare lunch for herself and her son when the latter attacked her.
It is learnt that the suspect, aged 26, the youngest of six siblings, lived with the woman at the house.
A relative, who also lived in the village, said she went to check on the woman after a neighbour told her that she saw the suspect running out of the house.
“I found the body on the floor but dared not get closer because of the blood.
“I went inside to check if the son was in and when I found he wasn't, I called the police,” said the 27-year-old woman when contacted.
Kedah CID chief Assistant Comm Zakaria Ahmad said the incident occurred at about 1pm yesterday.
He said police found an open wound on the back of the woman's head, believed to have been caused by a sharp object.
ACP Zakaria said the man was arrested near the house.
“Based on our investigation, the man had a record of mental illness and has received treatment at the hospital,” he said when contacted.
He said police were investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. - theStarOnline