Malaysian villager who attempted to snare python ends up crushed to death

Mr Zaim Khalis Kosnan was killed by a python after he tried to capture it.
Mr Zaim Khalis Kosnan was killed by a python after he tried to capture it. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LANGAT (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A man who returned with tools to catch a 3.5m python after spotting it ended up being killed by the reptile.

Zaim Khalis Kosnan, 35, from Kampung Jenjarom saw the snake on his way home at about 3am Sunday (Jan 28).

"The victim had told his elder sister about his intention when he arrived home for the tools.

"Then he left the house with a pair of gloves and a sickle on his motorcycle to capture the snake," Kuala Langat Officer in Charge of Police District Supt Azizan Tukiman told The Star.

Supt Azizan said initial investigations found that the victim fell from his motorcycle on the side of a road in the village after the reptile began constricting him.

"Several passersby who found him struggling on the ground tried to rescue him but he died soon after.

"However, they managed to kill the animal to free the victim's body later," he added.

When contacted, the victim's brother-in-law Mohd Noor Radiman, 54, said Zaim Khalis was a quiet person who kept to himself.

"I believe he was holding the reptile's head while transporting it on his motorcycle when it started to coil around his body and constrict him.

"We are saddened by this sudden and tragic news," he said.

Supt Azizan said the victim's remains had been sent to the Banting Hospital for a post-mortem.