Unhappy with quality of durians, Malaysian man stabs fruit seller to death

The suspect allegedly grabbed a knife from the durian stall and tried to attack the seller.
The suspect allegedly grabbed a knife from the durian stall and tried to attack the seller.PHOTO: AFP

BUKIT MERTAJAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A durian seller was killed in what appeared to be a case of dissatisfaction with the quality of his merchandise.

Mr Ong Ting San, 61, was stabbed several times at around 5.15pm on Thursday (Aug 18) near his stall in Taman Sri Kijang.

He died at the Seberang Jaya Hospital about six hours after the attack.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain said a 60-year-old suspect was arrested when he turned up at the central Seberang Prai police headquarters about 20 hours after the incident.

"He told us that he had an argument with the victim as he was dissatisfied with the durians that he had bought," said SAC Razarudin.

He said preliminary investigations showed that the suspect had allegedly grabbed a knife from the stall and tried to attack the durian seller.

SAC Razarudin said Mr Ong then ran for his life to a house near his durian stall with the suspect in hot pursuit.

"We recovered the knife at the porch of the house," he added.

SAC Razarudin said the suspect had no criminal record and tested negative for drugs.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.