ALOR SETAR - A 22-year-old woman who was attacked at her home in Taman Harapan here last week had fought back because her assailant wanted to rape her, the police said.
It was reported that the man had entered the house through the back door and entered the room where Nur Amira Ashaari was sleeping.
Her screams attracted the attention of her mother, 45-year-old Adriana Ahmad Kamil.
The intruder stabbed both the daughter and mother before fleeing in the 3.30am incident on Dec 18.
Kedah CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Nashir Ya said investigations showed the man was attempting to rape the younger woman during the break-in.
"However, she refused to give in and struggled to protect herself.
"She was then attacked," said ACP Mohd Nashir yesterday..
He said the assailant was known to the victim, who was staying at a nearby housing area.
ACP Mohd Nashir said the suspect was arrested at an unnumbered house in Kampung Telok Kechai in Jalan Kuala Kedah here at about 1.30am yesterday.
The 21-year-old suspect, who worked as a helper in a night market, was brought to a magistrate's court and remanded until Dec 27.
"We seized a knife, believed to have been used during the incident," said ACP Mohd Nashir, adding that the suspect tested positive for methamphetamine.
Nur Amira, though brutally attacked, struggled to seek help from a neighbour, who then alerted the police.
She suffered injuries to the chest and left hand while Adriana was stabbed in the abdomen.
Both are now in stable condition.