Sibu police searching for suspect believed to have vandalised 11 graves

A grave believed to have been damaged by a lone suspect.

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By William Isau

SIBU, Dec 25: Police are tracking down a man suspected of vandalising several graves at Al-Qadim Islamic Cemetery, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg on Saturday (Dec 24).

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili when confirming the incident today said that a total of 11 graves were damaged by the suspect.

“Preliminary investigations shows that the tombstones on the 11 graves were uprooted and then believed to have been smashed until they broke. Tiles for four grave lots were damaged, believed to be the result of being hit by the headstones,” he said.

According to Zulkipli, the police received a report from a man at 1.58pm at the Sibu Central Police Station on Saturday and the investigation was launched immediately after.

He added that no weapons or suspicious equipment were found at the scene.

“Efforts are underway to track down and arrest the suspect involved,” he added.

Meanwhile, Zulkipli also advised the Muslim community not speculate over the incident but instead immediately channel any relevant information to the police, visit nearby police stations or directly contact the investigating officer Inspector Ahmad Hakimi Abd Azide (01131873715).

“This case will be investigated under Section 297 of the Penal Code,” he added. — DayakDaily