KOTA KINABALU - A drinking session between two brothers in Kota Belud turned fatal when one of them died after being slashed by the other.
The victim, Lojimin Makking, 35, was believed to have bled to death after he was slashed several times by his 29-year-old brother during the 9pm argument on Friday.
Kota Belud district police chief Supt Mohan Nadesan said initial investigations showed that both brothers were drinking outside their house in Kampung Tiong Kamburuan in Kota Belud district some 140km from the state capital when an argument broke out.
"Relatives heard the two men shouting at one another in the kitchen and minutes later they saw the suspect running out and screaming for help," he said.
Lojimin was found lying in a pool of blood with wounds on his hands and back, he said.
Supt Mohan said Lojimin's body had been brought to the district hospital for a post mortem while his younger brother was brought in for questioning.
A machete believed to be the murder weapon was also recovered near the scene of the incident.
Police however said they needed more time to get details of the incident from the suspect as he was still 'sleepy' and couldn't give proper information at the time of arrest.