After quarrel, man sets fire to ex-wife’s home

azizan-burn-housePETALING JAYA: A man wreaked havoc on his ex-wife’s home in Banting yesterday, torching the house in addition to smashing the windscreens of nearby vehicles and breaking the windows of the house next door.

Citing the victim’s statement, Kuala Langat district police chief Supt Azizan Tukiman told the New Straits Times (NST) that the man had been resting at his ex-wife’s house with her permission. He had reportedly told her that he was having a headache.

However, Azizan said according to the statement, after about an hour, the man contacted the victim and told her to come home immediately or else he would do “something bad”.

“When the victim arrived home, a fight ensued and the woman was hit by the man.

“However, she managed to escape and sought help from people nearby,” Azizan was quoted as saying.

Following this, the man began torching the house and smashing the windscreens of a Mercedes-Benz and a Toyota Hilux nearby, Azizan said in the report.

By the time the police arrived at the scene, he was said to have broken the windows of the neighbouring house as well.

Although emergency personnel were able put out the fire, the victim’s house was partially destroyed. The victim herself reportedly sustained light injuries.

Meanwhile, Azizan told NST that the 45-year-old was taken to the Banting Hospital to obtain treatment for injuries sustained in the incident, which happened around noon. In the report, he added that the man would also be tested for drugs.

According to NST, the case is being investigated under Section 436 of the Penal Code for mischief by fire or an explosive substance with intent to destroy a house.