Man who slit son's throat to get mental check

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - A man who slit the throat of his seven-year-old son and drank his blood in Sabah will be sent for psychiatric evaluation amid claims by his wife that he was a syabu addict.

Lahad Datu CID chief Asst Supt Ang Seow Aun said they have yet to get any conclusive evidence that the 35-year-old suspect was on drugs when he allegedly killed his son.

However, they believe that the suspect, a construction worker, was suffering from severe mental disorder during the time of the incident.

"We will be proposing that the Senior Federal Counsel refer the man to the Hospital Mesra Bukit Padang psychiatric department for evaluation as we believe he is suffering from a mental disorder," he said, adding no sane person would commit such an act.

"We are also applying for his further remand until Aug 30 as his remand will end today (yesterday)."

On Aug 15, the suspect left two of his children with his wife in Sandakan and took the seven-year-old to his in-laws' house in Lahad Datu.

He later slit the boy's throat before drinking the blood in front of his in-laws at about 9pm the same day.

The man is facing a death sentence if convicted for murder.