(File pix) But as the robber was trying to escape with the loot through the kitchen door, the homeowner engaged the robber in a scuffle, during which he grabbed a 22-cm long knife and stabbed the robber in the back of the neck, severing his jugular artery.

JOHOR BARU: A homeowner who fought back against a robber, causing his death, was detained on Thursday to facilitate a criminal investigation.

The 32-year-old owner of a house in Taman Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram near here is being investigated under the Criminal Procedure Code for murder, and has been placed under a remand order which expires on Jan 10.

In the incident at 2.45pm on Wednesday, the suspect – who had a criminal record of 14 offences – broke into the house and threatened the homeowner with a screwdriver, forcing him to surrender all his valuables.

But as he was trying to escape with the loot through the kitchen door, the homeowner engaged the robber in a scuffle, during which he grabbed a 22-cm long knife and stabbed the robber in the back of the neck, severing his jugular artery.

The homeowner was also injured in the struggle, receiving eight stitches to the head at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here. -- BERNAMA

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