YAN: ‘‘I am drenched in blood. I have murdered (the victims).’’
These were the words of the man with previous records of drug related offence, who had ran amok and slashed to death a four-year-old girl and her younger brother at Kampung Tengah here last night.
Recalling the night of terror, the victims’ grandmother, Jamilah Ismail, 60, said the suspect barged into the house by kicking the kitchen door during the 11pm incident.
The suspect armed with a parang immediately attacked Jamilah’s son-in-law, who received 10 stitches for the deep gash sustained on his left ear.
The suspect proceeded to one of the rooms inside the house, where four-year-old Nurul Hanim Idris and her younger brother Muhammad Hafis, one, were sleeping with their mother.
“He tried to swing his parang at my daughter but she managed to avoid.
“My daughter was panicked that she left the room to look for help.
“But the suspect was cruel and went ahead to attack and killed my two grandchildren,” a traumatised Jamilah told the NSTP when met at her house here today.
She said Nurul Hanim and Muhammad Hafis are the second and youngest among three siblings.
The victims’ older brother, Mohammad Hakim, seven, was spared from the attack as he was sleeping in another room accompanied by Jamilah.
The father of the victims, who is a fisherman, Jamilah said, was away to the sea when the incident occurred.
Checks by the NSTP showed there were blood stains on the bed, where the two victims were murdered.
“The suspect later went to a house of a relative. He told them that he is drench in blood and that he had murdered the victims,” she said.
Jamilah said she learnt that the suspect had attacked a fish monger at a nearby wet market, few days before the attack.
“Nurul Hanim had just returned home from attending activities at the kindergarten about a few hours before the attack. She did not have her dinner and went ahead to sleep,” Jamilah said.
The suspect, in his 40s, was subsequently arrested by the police.
Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalthrash Wahid said the police have also recovered the parang believed to have been used by the suspect.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence.
It is learnt that a post-mortem would be conducted on the two victims at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar near here.