JERTIH: A jobless man, who was angry at having his sleep disturbed, stabbed an imam who was reciting the Quran over the loudspeaker.
In the incident at the Kampung Apal Mosque at 6.30am, the victim Mohd Amin Md Nor, 37, was injured at his left chest which required seven stitches.
Besut district police chief Supt Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said the 23-year-old man was found positive on methamphetamine and had admitted to stabbing the victim.
‘The suspect came from behind suddenly and stabbed the victim. He said he did so because he was unhappy with the victim for using the loudspeaker when reciting the Quran,’’ he said in a statement today.
Mohd Zamri said the suspect’s house was about 100 metres from the mosque and there were two other worshippers in the mosque during the incident.
He said the victim was the imam at the Rantau Petronas Surau in Kerteh, Kemaman, and had returned to Besut to arrange for the burial of his father, who died on Friday.
The suspect was detained and brought to court for a remand order.
The case is being investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt. - Bernama