KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Police have arrested two men over the murder of a 17-year-old youth who was hacked to death when he got caught in the middle of an argument between a couple.
The attack happened outside a nightclub in Kota Kinabalu shortly after 4.16am as the victim, known as Yaccob Nasran, was left sprawled with two gaping wounds on his chest and another on his neck.
“We picked up two male suspects aged 24 and 26 respectively at 10am at a home in Bt Padang, Kota Kinabalu,” said Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP M. Chandra.
Chandra said earlier at 9am, police also apprehended four bar workers aged between 23 and 31 years old.
“The four picked up at the bar were identified as bouncers, a waiter as well as a bar manager.”
Those arrested were of Bugis and Berunai descendant.
“The motive of the attack is under investigation and we are not ruling out a misunderstanding between those involved,” Chandra said.
Chandra said police closed in the suspects within six hours of the attack and have classified the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The attack began after Yaccob exited the nightclub with the suspects and came across a couple who were arguing nearby.
“Initial investigations found the 26-year-old male suspect suddenly charged at the group with a machete and struck the victim several times, killing him on the spot.
“He was joined by several others, including a man believed to be his cousin. Three others were severely injured,” said Chandra.
The victim’s body was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for an autopsy and the remaining victims were treated at the same hospital.