SANDAKAN: It was the influence of alcohol that caused a man to beat his wife to death when she tried to stop an argument between the man and his eldest son on Saturday night.
Police discovered this after detaining the suspect on Sunday morning. The man had fled from their home in Kampung Sandak at Batu 10 here after the incident.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Azhar Hamin said the police learned that the suspect and the couple's 18-year- old son were drinking before they started arguing when a misunderstanding occurred.
The 40-year-old Indonesian, who was drunk, started hitting his wife, 38, when she tried to invervene. He hit her until she passed out after sustaining severe head injuries.
“Both father and son fled and left the woman. It was the neighbours that sent the woman to the Duchess of Kent Hospital here before she was pronounced dead at 9.20pm.
According to Novina Remundus, 46, the brother of the victim, he was shocked to hear the news.
“I am not sure why it happened. My sister is patient and friendly,” said Novina.
He added that he was at his work, at a plantation in Batu 13, when the incident occurred.
“All of a sudden, I was informed that she had died on Saturday. I was shocked and rushed here,” he said.
Novina added his 38-year-old sister has six children.
“I am looking after her children who are aged between 4 and 18 years old for now.
“But we are planning to send the children back to Indonesia,” said Novina, who is from Flores Island in Indonesia.
The oil palm plantation worker is hoping the Indonesian Consulate General in Kota Kinabalu will assist them financially.
It was reported that the suspect was detained 12 hours later by the police in a house at a plantation at Mile 12 here.
The case is being investigated according to Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.