College Lab Assistant Killed Colleague for Taunting Him

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A 57-year-old woman was stabbed and strangled to death by her 28-year-old colleague at their workplace on Wednesday (July 11) afternoon.

Zaimah Mahmod, who was an administrative assistant at the Sultan Abdul Samad Vocational College in Telok Datok, Banting, was found dead in the storeroom of the institution’s administration office, said Kuala Langat police chief Supt Azizan Tukiman.

He added that Zaimah died at the scene due to serious wounds on her neck and body, saying that the injuries are believed to have been inflicted with a knife.

Zaimah had worked at the college for the last 18 years, while her assailant began working there as a laboratory assistant three months ago, he said.

Azizan said that the colleague, who was receiving treatment for stress at the Banting District Hospital, had called the police and admitted to killing Zaimah.

“When he called the police at 2.40pm, the man (suspect) said he had stabbed and strangled a woman to death,” he said.

Upon receiving the call, police then rushed to the scene.

“Only the suspect and the victim were at the scene. Several stab wounds were discovered on the victim’s neck and body, as well as the murder weapon,” Azizan told the New Straits Times.

According to Azizan, the initial investigation found that the suspect was believed to have harboured unhappy feelings on being constantly teased by the victim of having an affair with another staff member even though he had denied the matter.

Azizan said the suspect claimed that he lost his patience with the victim’s taunting and attacked her when only both of them were in the office.

“The suspect had also received treatment for depression at a hospital apart from having attempted suicide,” Azizan added.

He said the suspect was found sitting calmly next to the victim’s body when police arrived.

“The victim’s body was sent to the Banting Hospital for post-mortem while the suspect was detained to facilitate investigations,” Azizan said.

The case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.