Wednesday, August 21

Villager stabs himself after obeying ‘voice’ in his head, admitted for injuries


KUCHING: A man, said to be of unsound mind, was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) after a ‘voice’ in his head told him to stab himself in the stomach.

The 41-year-old from Kampung Soh, Serian, was found by his wife with a stab wound on his stomach around 11pm on Friday at their house and, upon being questioned, told her he had inflicted the wound on himself using a small knife.

When she queried him as to why he had harmed himself in that manner, the villager was said to have told her that he had merely followed the instruction of a ‘voice’ in his head.

The worried wife immediately called for an ambulance and he was subsequently sent to the hospital where he is reported to be in a stable condition.

In an unrelated case, a foreign labourer died at SGH yesterday morning where he had been warded for a hornet sting suffered on Thursday. The 41-year-old, identified as Tri Purwo Daryanto, succumbed around 7am without regaining consciousness.

The incident occurred at an oil palm plantation in Sri Aman when the victim was stung on the head by a single hornet while accompanying his employer to inspect the area.

In another separate case, a 19-year-old male from Semariang sought treatment at SGH for head and body injuries sustained when he was attacked near the Masja complex in Petra Jaya.

The youth was hanging out with his cousin and a friend when an unknown man emerged from a car and charged towards them carrying a sharp weapon.

Fearing for the safety of his cousin and friend, the victim used his body to shield them and ended up being slashed on his head, back and arm by the attacker, who then fled the scene.