Two men have been arrested over the brutal murder of a 17-year-old who was stabbed to death after trying to intervene in a domestic dispute outside an entertainment outlet in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The suspects, aged 23 and 26, were apprehended at a house in the Bukit Padang area of Luyang on Thursday morning after they fled the murder scene.
According to Kota Kinabalu OCPD Asst Comm Chandra Muthu, four other people who worked at a pub nearby - one of whom is the ex-wife of one of the suspects - were also detained to assist in investigations.
Two samurai swords, believed to have been used in the attack, were also recovered
Most appallingly, the suspects allegedly managed to take a selfie while handcuffed to each other at the police station. Both men were smiling in the photo.
While it is unclear where the photo was originally posted on, it was widely circulated on social media, much to the disgust of the victim's acquaintances.
On Thursday, a group of youths were attacked with machetes when they tried to intervene in a public fight between one of the suspects and his ex-wife. 17-year-old Yaacob Nasran was killed, while three others were injured.
It was reported that the body of the teenager was found with slash wounds on his forehead, neck, and chest at about 4.15am on 15 December. The Star reports that he was shielding a female friend from the blows.
It was learned that the group was exiting a nightclub when they came across the suspect arguing with a woman believed to be his ex-wife nearby. They tried to pacify the 26-year-old suspect, who was not happy with the interference and instigated a fistfight before charging at the group with a machete. He also called on another man - believed to be his relative - to help him attack the group.