Man attacks plantation worker with machete for marrying ex-wife

The 48cm-long machete recovered by the police from the crime scene.

KOTA KINABALU: Police have arrested a suspected illegal immigrant who allegedly attacked and wounded a plantation worker in Sabah’s Lahad Datu district yesterday after finding that the latter had married his ex-wife.

Armed with a machete, the 25-year-old man, found later without any identification documents, attacked the worker who was having his breakfast before starting work at the Felda Sahabat 56 oil palm plantation.

District police chief Nasri Mansor said a scuffle broke out between the two men before other workers intervened and separated them.

“It turns out the suspect was jealous of the 30-year-old man for marrying the woman he had divorced last year,” he said, adding that the victim did not possess an identity card.

He said the suspect had three children with the woman in the five years the couple spent together before separation.

Nasri said the plantation workers caught the suspect and handed him over to the police.

“The victim received seven stitches on the head and also sustained injuries on his hand,” he said, adding that police recovered a 48cm-long machete from the scene.