Man in lift assault case held

The suspect being held at a police station in Kuantan.

GEORGE TOWN - Police have arrested the man who went missing after beating up his wife in a lift at a private hospital in Bandar Perda, Seberang Prai.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said the 36-year-old civil servant surrendered in Kuantan, Pahang, at about 4.45pm yesterday.

"Arrangements have been made to bring him back here. We need to record his statement," he said yesterday.

The 36-year-old victim, who has been granted an interim protection order, said yesterday that she was determined to divorce her husband and had appointed a lawyer for the case in the Syariah Court.

"I controlled my feelings all this while after he took a second wife. I took care of all the household expenditure and he only sent a small amount of money for our children," said the woman who has been married to the man for 12 years.

They have three children - two boys aged nine and four and a five-year-old girl.

The woman said her husband's family knew of their domestic problem and was supportive of whatever decision she made. It was reported yesterday that the husband works in Jerantut, Pahang.

SAC Mazlan, meanwhile, told reporters in Permatang Pauh earlier in the day that the police were investigating the case under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt which carries a maximum one-year jail term or a fine or both upon conviction.

A video of the man beating his wife went viral on Facebook after it was uploaded on Tuesday.

The 140-second video showed the man assaulting his wife in front of their two young children in the lift on Monday. The beating was so vicious that the woman's tudung came off.

The victim, a factory worker, later received outpatient treatment at the same hospital for head, wrist and body injuries.

The couple had gone to the hospital to visit their youngest son who had been admitted for high fever.

Meanwhile, Penang Social Welfare Depart­ment director Zulkefli Ismail said the department would provide counselling to the woman and her children.

"We will also assist the victim in protecting her rights and that of her children when the case is referred to the Syariah Court," he said after handing over the interim protection order to the woman at her house in Mengkuang in Bukit Mertajam.

Zulkefli said the order was issued under Section 4B of the Domestic Violence Act 1994 for the victim to be protected until the case is settled in court.

He said the department would monitor the victim's house until the case is finalised and that action would be taken against her husband if he tries to abuse her.

Meanwhile, the man could have landed himself in more trouble than he had bargained for.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said in Sepang that the civil servant could face disciplinary action if found guilty.

"We will take appropriate action once the police complete their investigation," he told reporters after a gathering with the Selangor and Federal Territory Orang Asli community at the Sungai Melut Orang Asli village.