JOHOR BARU - What was supposed to be a fun karaoke night out ended up in a brawl that led to the death of a 48-year-old man.
Victim Lim Chin Beng, his brother and a woman were in the midst of a drinking and karaoke session at an entertainment outlet in Jalan Kebudayaan 6, Taman Universiti, Skudai at around 12.15am on Saturday when the incident took place.
The three of them were seated near a counter and a fight broke out between them and another group of three patrons sitting behind them.
Johor Baru North OCPD Supt Beh Eng Lai said that a misunderstanding about the singing session had probably led to the fight.
"We believe that during the heated scuffle, the suspects used an alcohol bottle to hit the victim," he said here on Saturday.
The victim, a construction worker in Singapore, suffered multiple injuries to his neck, back of his head, right rib and left ear and was pronounced dead at Hospital Sultanah Aminah.
Supt Beh said that about three hours later, police arrested the three suspects who were a mobile phone shop operator, 58, his hairdresser wife, 55, and a 42-year-old construction contractor.
"The two male suspects were injured while the woman was unhurt and all three are remanded until Dec 11 for investigations," he said, adding that the case was classified under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
He added that following the incident, police found out that the karaoke centre has been in operation for the last two weeks without an entertainment licence. Supt Beh said the outlet's operator and DJ were also picked up to aid in investigations besides for operating illegally.