SANDAKAN: A drunk who tried to kill a barking dog ended up getting killed instead after a fracas with the animal’s owner at a squatter settlement near Taman Mutiara along Jalan Utara here on Wednesday.
Police investigations showed that the victim, in his 30s, had gone to the suspect’s house to kill his dog at about 8.35am.
The victim was apparently unhappy with the dog barking at him and tried to hit it with a rod, but instead hit the dog owner’s pre-teen son, Sandakan police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Azhar Hamin said.
“The owner went to confront him (the victim), and a fight ensued with the owner allegedly beating him with an iron pipe,” he said.
The dog owner fled the scene later the same night with his two children.
Police however managed to track him a restaurant about a kilometre away from the scene, a few hours later.
They also seized the iron pipe that is believed to have been the murder weapon.
ACP Mohd Azhar said the suspect was a Filipino with permanent resident status, but police have yet to positively identify the victim, also believed to have been a foreigner.
Police sent the body to the Duchess of Kent Hospital police for a post mortem, he said, adding that they have classified the case as murder.