SIBU: A jobless man has been arrested for allegedly beating his sister so severely that she was left paralysed from the waist down.
The 49-year-old victim is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday (Feb 3) but doctors at Sibu Hospital have said that there is only a slim chance that she would recover her mobility.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the incident took place at the siblings’ family home in Jalan Sungai Antu on Jan 22.
He said that at about 3pm that day, the 44-year-old suspect asked the victim for money.
“She refused and when he kept asking for it, she grabbed a broom to hit him. However, the suspect grabbed the broomstick and hit her on the head, body and back,” ACP Stanley said.
He added that the suspect continued to hit her after she collapsed and the commotion brought their 71-year-old mother rushing upstairs.
“She saw the suspect beating the victim with the broomstick and ordered him to stop,” he said, adding that the suspect then dashed out of the house.
“At the time of the incident, the parents refused to lodge a police report and only did so after the victim forced them,” ACP Stanley said.
The man was only arrested on Tuesday (Feb 2) after the victim’s mother came forward to lodge the report.
The case is being investigated under Section 326A of the Penal Code for causing voluntary hurt to a family member.