By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Say whatever you like, 18-year old Yaacob Nasran died a hero – at least in the eyes of his family and friends.
He may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time, but when he saw a parang swing in the direction of a female friend who was with him near a bar in Asia City, he did what any chivalrous man would do – he stepped in and bit the bullet literally.
That caused the college student his life, a few metres from the Siam Thai Bar where he and six other friends aged 18 – 20 had gone for a night out as Yaacob and an older brother had come home from studies in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore respectively.
He was pronounced dead at the spot where he fell, with severe wounds to his neck and forehead as well as other facial injuries.
Kota Kinabalu police chief, Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said two suspects, both related to one another, have been picked up five hours later hiding in a house at Bukit Padang.
The case is believed to be solved with the arrests of the duo, said to be working as car repossessors.
Chandra, at a Press conference Thursday afternoon said he wants the bar which was operating beyond 1am as permitted under the licence to be shut down, and that he had written in to Kota Kinabalu City Mayor about it.
Relating the chain of events that led to a needless death, Chandra said Yaacob was on a night out with his friends – three boys and four girls – including his 19-year-old elder brother.
The teenage group had apparently just stepped out of the bar at around 4.15am Thursday when they spotted an estranged couple fighting and they apparently had gone to try to pacify them to stop.
Enraged with the interference, the man who was with a relative, engaged in a fist fight with the teenagers, but suddenly he whipped out a machete and swung it wildly at the teenagers.
“We believe Yaacob went to block the machete blow that could have hit one of their girl friends,’’ Chandra said, adding that Yaacob’s brother Nabiel, who was also on holiday, sustained injury to his thumb.
Another 18-year-old friend was cut on his lips and given 18 stitches. Both are not in serious condition but warded for further observation at the Queen Elizabeth hospital here.
He said a 23-year-old waitress at the pub (who is the key suspect’s ex-wife), two pub bouncers aged 28 and 30 and a 23-year-old woman, who is the manager of the pub, have also been arrested in connection with the murder investigations.
Chandra said that the suspect and his relative had gone to the bar at around 3am for drinks.
Apparently, the ex-wife and the suspect had an argument inside before they went outside the pub where they continued arguing.
“They were no problems inside between the teenagers and the suspects,’’ he added.