GEORGE TOWN: A Myanmar man is fighting for his life after he was mercilessly attacked by his housemate with a meat cleaver at a road off Anson Road here this morning.
The brutal attack which took place at 11.15am was recorded by a witness on a mobile phone.
In the video, the 28-year-old is seen ignoring the screams of onlookers as he attacks his countryman, aged 27.
Police said the assailant was earlier involved in an argument with his housemate, named Toe Toe, at Westlands Road.
The assailant then started slashing him with the cleaver. However, Toe Toe managed to limp a few metres away.
The man, appearing to be in a fit of rage, caught up and continued to slash him, causing Toe Toe to collapse.
At this point, the assailant strangely started to hug Toe Toe.
A witness at a Chinese temple across the road recorded the brutal slashing on a mobile phone and alerted the police.
Toe Toe was rushed to the Penang Hospital. His assailant was detained.
Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said both men worked as janitors at a Chinese restaurant near Westlands Road. They were also roommates.
Anuar said Toe Toe suffered cuts on his legs, arms and neck, and had half of his left ear partially sliced off.
“We cannot determine the motive for the slashing as the attacker himself appears to be traumatised.
“In interrogation, he told us he did not have any problem with Toe Toe and were roommates living in the same house,” Anuar said.
Anuar said the case is being investigated under the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
The assailant has been detained at the Patani Road police station.