A man who stabbed his heavily pregnant wife is believed to be suffering from depression, revealed his close cousin
The 39-year-old suspect stabbed his pregnant wife four times - two times in the stomach - on Friday, 8 November.
The 37-week (or 8.5-month) pregnant victim then drove herself to the Putrajaya Hospital after the attack and safely delivered the baby through a C-section. Both the mother and child are reportedly in stable condition.
After learning of the incident, the suspect's close cousin said the suspect is believed to be suffering from depression due to heavy workload
Only known as Din, New Straits Times reported him saying that the perpetrator - who works as an audio engineer - is believed to be suffering from depression over the past two to three months.
Din also attributed their grandmother's passing four months ago to the suspect's alleged depression.
"We have been close since we were children. After our grandmother's death, he returned to Melaka and seemed to have a lot on his mind," Din told Berita Harian.
"I asked him why he appeared burdened, he replied that he had a lot of work.
"I told him to come back and work in Melaka since his company has a branch there.
"He told me he had plans to do so after the wife had given birth."
The 37-year-old cousin added that the suspect and the victim's relationship seemed normal
"As far as I know, they had no problems with each other. Even the relationship between families from both sides was very close," he said.
The suspect is currently being remanded until 15 November for investigation
He was arrested at his home in Precinct 9, Putrajaya, which was also where the attack took place.
Preliminary investigations showed that the suspect does not have any criminal records, reported Harian Metro.
The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code, for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
If convicted, the suspect could face imprisonment up to 20 years, a fine, or whipping.
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