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Double whammy for gatherer

20th September, 2019


BEAUFORT: It was a double-whammy for a 50-year-old wood gatherer, when he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a homemade shotgun (bakakuk).

Police said the man had ventured into a forest near his home here in Kampung Batu 59, at about 2pm on Wednesday. He was taken to the district hospital by family members where hospital staff alerted police of the matter around 9pm.

Beaufort police chief, Deputy Superintendent Azmir Razak said the man was later transferred to Queen Elizabeth to remove six shotgun pellets lodged in his right leg.

“Investigations revealed the man had lost grip of his bakakuk while his finger was caught on the trigger.

“He was with a 24-year-old nephew who has learning disabilities at the time,” he said when contacted. The young man earlier told the victim’s wife who later called an ambulance.

He meanwhile is being held for questioning as police are unable to record a statement from the victim who is in a semi-conscious state.

Azmir said a unit has been dispatched to seize the firearm in question. The case is being investigated under Section 37 of the Firearms Act.

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