Prison officer hacks prisoner with parang

Posed photo of a person holding a parang.
PHOTO: The New Paper

ALOR SETAR - A jail bird was rushed to the hospital after a prison officer attacked him with a parang.

State Prison Department director Ahmad Fauzi Awang said the inmate sustained a 12cm slash wound on the head in the assault at the Pokok Sena Prison.

"The inmate ran for help after the 33-year-old officer slashed him at about 10.55am on Monday.

"Police are now investigating and we will wait for the outcome. We will not cover up for any officer who commits an offence," Ahmad Fauzi said yesterday.

Sources said the officer was being held at Kota Setar police headquarters.

The injured prisoner who is serving a four-month jail term for drug abuse was discharged from the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital yesterday.