Vandal who spray-painted St Anne’s Church against presence of statues

The vandal (left) wrote a verse from the Bible on a security officer’s book to justify spray-painting ‘X’ on several statues at the St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam on Wednesday.

GEORGE TOWN: A man who spray-painted “X” on several statues at the St Anne’s Church on Wednesday is believed to be against their presence there.

A source close to the case said the vandal, armed with a spray can, had told a security officer at the church that the Bible did not condone idolatry.

The man had written a verse, believed to be from the Book of Exodus, in a book and left it with the security guard to justify his action before fleeing on a motorcycle.

Police said damage to the statues amounted to about RM200, including the cost to remove paint on the floors.

The church has said it would leave it to the police to investigate before commenting.

Police are now examining footage from closed-circuit television cameras on the incident and expect to make an arrest soon.

Meanwhile, police are investigating a report lodged by the wife of a 34-year-old man in Petaling Jaya last night in connection with the vandalism case.

The wife, aged 30, had told police that her husband slapped her after she stopped him from leaving home.

In that same report, the woman claimed that her husband had received psychiatric treatment at a government hospital on Dec 3.

She urged police to nab him and send him to the same hospital for follow-up treatment.

She also included photocopies of two prescription drugs that her husband was supposed to take, which are typically drugs used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

Central Seberang Perai district police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid urged the public to be calm while police carried out their investigations.

He said police were still looking for the suspect for questioning.