Police in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi arrested a village chief for the suspected brutal murder of a farmer yesterday.
The suspect, identified as 60-year-old Abdul Muin, got into a fight with 55-year-old farmer Paba, reportedly because the latter refused to lend the former a water pump and pesticides.
“At first, the victim hit the suspect several times. And then the suspect retaliated,” Bery Juana Putra, who heads the Bulukumba Police’s Crime Investigation Unit, said yesterday, as quoted by Tribun.
“The suspect then gouged out the victim’s eyes with his fingers.”
Abdul then went to grab a machete from Paba’s house, which he used to cut off the latter’s genitalia. The victim died soon after that.
Police believe Abdul was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the murder.
Police have yet to formally announce the charges against Abdul, but premeditated murder is a crime punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty in Indonesia.