8-year-old girl in Malaysia dies in freak shotgun accident; her grandfather and 15-year-old uncle remanded

The victim's grandfather (left) and uncle.
The victim's grandfather (left) and uncle.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A relative being consoled outside the family home in Kampung Empa, Mukim Derang, Pokok Sena, near Alor Setar.
A relative being consoled outside the family home in Kampung Empa, Mukim Derang, Pokok Sena, near Alor Setar. PHOTO: BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A father and son have been remanded following the death of an eight-year-old girl who was killed in a freak shotgun accident in Pokok Sena near Alor Setar, the state capital of Kedah.

They are the victim's grandfather and uncle.

Senior assistant registrar Nor Azah Idris granted a seven-day remand order, until Dec 20, for the 50-year-old man and his 15-year-old son after the suspects were brought to court on Thursday (Dec 14) morning.

Puteri Intan Sharini Mohd Hishamuddin was killed when her uncle accidentally shot her with a shotgun a day earlier, on Wednesday, in the living room of her grandfather's house in Pokok Sena.

The girl was lying down watching television in the living room when the incident occurred.

It is believed that she was living in her grandfather's house.

Kota Setar OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohd Rozi Jidin in a statement on Wednesday said the victim died from the gunshot to the left side of her face.

He said the shotgun was brought to the house by the 50-year-old suspect that morning to shoot squirrels.

The shotgun, which was licensed to the girl's 80-year-old great grandfather, has been seized.

The case would be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. 

The girl's 26-year-old mother had rushed to the scene after hearing about the shooting on Wednesday morning.

"When I reached the house, I saw my daughter's face covered with blood and my mother cradling her.

"We were supposed to go and buy her new schooling items.

"I promised her we would go today," said the mother who was crying.

The girl's father, 34, said Puteri has been under the care of her grandparents after he became separated from her mother, The New Straits Times reported.

Puteri is the eldest of four children and a smart student, the father said, adding that the last time he spoke to Puteri was last week when she called to ask him when they will go and buy her school uniform.