A 57-year-old grocery shop owner was left fighting for his life after a robber slit his throat before escaping with his pouch bag containing nearly RM1,000 cash at Kampung Pelindung in Beserah here on Saturday.
Abdul Rahman Ismail was making his rounds door-to-door selling cylinder gas in the neighbourhood in his one-tonne lorry when he was attacked at 2.45pm. Although left for dead, the gutsy man managed to crawl out of his lorry before he fell unconscious and was later found by a passerby who, together with the villagers, sent him to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital.District police chief Assistant Commissioner Jasmani Yusoff said the victim, who is also lame, is well known in the area as his sundry shop is right next to Beserah police station.
He said the man was in stable condition after doctors sewed up the wound to his throat. Although Rahman is still unable to talk, police managed to get his statement by asking him to write down the details.
Jasmani said the victim alleged he was flagged down by a man claiming to be interested in buying a cylinder and took him along in his vehicle to make the delivery.
“When they reached a deserted stretch of road near a resort, the man took out a knife and demanded his valuables. There was a struggle and the suspect slit the victim's throat before making off with his money pouch. We are still searching for the suspect,” he said.