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Hunt for hubby who burnt in-law to death

Published on: Saturday, December 07, 2013

Tawau: The 24-year-old who suffered 80 per cent burns on his body while trying to stop his brother-in-law from torching his house in Taman Semarak on Thursday succumbed to his injuries at the Tawau Hospital's Intensive Care Unit at 11.30pm the same day.

District Police Chief ACP Awang Besar Dullah said police are looking for Chang Kock Ying, 52, who lived at No 3118 Taman Fook On, Jalan Sin Onn, Tawau, to facilitate investigations.

"The case which was previously probed under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder is now being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder," said Awang.

Awang urged those with information to contact his Investigating Officer ASP Jafri Othman at 0198044444 or the nearest police station.

The victim, a wedding beautician, suffered severe burns while his 61-year-old father sustained injuries on both legs in the 8am incident that day.

The victim was said to have slipped in his bid to stop his brother-in-law who had splashed petrol over the front of their house after an attempt to reconcile with his estranged wife failed.

The suspect then lighted a match and threw it on the floor which engulfed Darwis. The suspect's wife said Chang had frequently abused her and so refused to return to him.

Meanwhile, police have detained two prime suspects in the robbery case where a young woman was stabbed with a knife in Fajar Complex at about 6.25pm on Nov. 18.

ACP Awang Besar said one of them is a college student and were detained in Sabindo and Kg Merotai on Dec. 1 and Dec 3.

"We will continue investigations under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code," he said, adding that the suspects were aged 19 and 23.

The woman, identified as Yeo, 20s, was rushed to the Tawau Hospital after she was stabbed by a man who stole her handphone at a computer shop in Fajar. The two robbers wore helmets during the incident.

The victim, who was the shop owner's wife, was said to have been on the computer when the duo grabbed her handphone which was kept near her.

The victim decided to chase after the culprits while shouting for help, prompting one of the suspects to stab her in the abdomen before fleeing.

The estimated loss was about RM2,800.