Quarrel leads to attempted murder
A 62-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to her daughter-in-law's flat after assaulting her near Butterworth, Penang.
The woman was picked up after the victim - a 39-year-old primary school teacher - lodged a report at the Seberang Jaya police station following the incident on Tuesday.
Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azman Abdul Lah said the two women were believed to have been involved in a quarrel, which led to the older one picking up an object and hitting her daughter-in-law on the head.
"The suspect then left and shortly after that, the flat caught fire. We are investigating if the assault and fire are linked.
"The victim suffered 45% burns on her body," SAC Azman said.
He added that the investigating officer was waiting for the medical report from the doctor to determine the extent and cause of injuries.
"We have classified the case as attempted murder and house trespass. We are trying to determine the cause of the quarrel.
"The suspect has since been remanded by a magistrate's court pending investigations," he said.
The teacher was found lying in a semi-conscious state on a bed in one of the rooms with head injuries.
Published May 10, 2012