Policeman injured while helping neighbours capture housebreaker

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KUCHING, Jan 8: A police officer and a robbery suspect were injured during a struggle when three people tried to apprehend the latter at 5am today.

Kuching district police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani said the 44-year-old officer attached to General Operations Force (GOF) 11th Battalion, Batu Kawa suffered injuries to the head and hand in the incident at Taman Dahlia, Jalan Depo.

The 48-year-old house owner had received a call from one of his neighbours at about 3.06am, informing him that a man acting suspiciously had entered the house.

At the time of the incident, the house was vacant.

“Upon receiving the information, the house owner went to the scene. Upon arrival, he believed the suspect was still inside the house. Before entering, he decided to lock the main door from outside and later entered the house with three of his neighbors and his relatives, hoping to arrest the suspect.

“They found the suspect hiding in a storeroom and had locked the door from inside. The moment they successfully open the door, the suspect rushed out and attacked the group with a hammer and a sharp weapon,” Awang Din said, adding that the suspect was eventually arrested.

The police officer was one of the neighbours who tried to help the victim apprehend the suspect.

Awang Din added that both victim and suspect were now receiving medical treatment  at Sarawak General Hospital.

Police are investigating the case under Section 448 and 324 of the Penal Code for burglary and causing bodily injury. —DayakDaily