Man who torched mufti’s car also hurt Jaips director, say cops

The official car of Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, which was torched in March.

KANGAR: Police have confirmed that the man believed to have set the official car of Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin on fire in March is the same person who injured Perlis Islamic Religious Affairs Department (Jaips) director Hazman Hassan in September last year.

Perlis police chief SAC Noor Mushar Mohamad said the man, nicknamed “Mie Tomoi”, confessed to the offences during interrogation last week.

Hazman was severely injured on the face after being slashed with a sharp weapon believed to be a samurai sword by a man who broke into his house at Jalan Kampung Guru here on Sept 3, 2018.

“Mie Tomoi also admitted to having been paid by other individuals to commit both crimes,” Mushar told reporters at the Perlis police contingent headquarters here yesterday.

Mie Tomoi, 48, was remanded for six days until Wednesday for setting the car on fire. He will be remanded again later for the case involving the Jaips director.

Mie Tomoi, who was arrested in Kuala Ketil, Kedah on July 6, has 16 previous records for robbery and drug abuse and had been convicted before.