Man Arrested After Four-Year Old Son Shot With Homemade Gun

Homemade killer – a bakakuk. A weapon similar to this went off on Thursday afternoon injuring a four-year old boy in Kota Marudu. The boy’s father has been arrested to help in investigations.

KOTA MARUDU: A man was detained Thursday night after his four-year old son was shot with a bakakuk – a type of homemade gun – at about 3.30pm the same day at Kampung Muhang near here.

District police chief Superintendant Izaan Abdullah said the case was being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons and Section 8 (a) of the Arms Act 1960 for carrying arms and ammunition without a licence or permit.

“We have detained the father at 9.30pm Thursday to facilitate investigation. However, no firearm was found during the arrest.” he was quoted as saying in a national news portal.

The boy, identified as Frendly Jukiring, is currently being warded at the Likas Children and Women Hospital in Kota Kinabalu and is said to be recovering from his wounds.

Police said the father accidentally shot the boy with a bakakuk, a type of homemade firearm generally used in Sabah to hunt animals.

The boy was playing outside the house when he was hit by the bullets from the homemade gun sustained injuries to his left chest, shoulder and right cheek.

“After the incident, the boy’s mother rushed him to the district hospital before he was immediately transferred to the hospital in Kota Kinabalu for further treatment,” added Izaan.