'Deranged' Malay prince stabs mother to death

By Jenny Booth and agencies (From Times Online of July 25, 2006)

Paramedics carry away the body of Tengku Puteri Kamariah, a Malaysian princess who was stabbed by her son (AP)
A Malaysian prince has stabbed his mother to death with a hunting knife and seriously wounded his father before dying of a suspected drugs overdose, police said today.
Tunku Rizal Shahzan, 21, attacked his father with a screwdriver, then stabbed his mother Tengku Puteri Kamariah, 64, in the back with a knife as she tried to protect her husband.
Neighbours who claimed to have witnessed the end of the attack said that the young prince looked dazed and deranged after the killing yesterday.
He died later at a hospital in Kuantan, the Pahang state capital, a police spokesman in the eastern Malaysian state told the AFP news agency.
"He may have died of a drug overdose, but we cannot speculate until the post-mortem results are out," he said.
Tunku Ismail Tunku Sulaiman, 69, the prince's father, was said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery for a stomach wound at the same hospital.
"Before he was rushed to hospital he already knew that his wife had died but he still doesnít know that his son is dead," the police spokesman said.
The dead woman was the half-sister of Ahmad Shah, the Sultan of Pahang. Newspaper pictures showed the Sultan staring at her corpse, which was covered with a sheet. They also showed the bloodied murder weapon.
Police are investigating the motive for the killing, but said they suspected Tunku Shahzan was under the influence of "some kind of designer drugs".
A relative who lives next door to the royal family told the Star newspaper that he was alerted by the screams of a maid, and ran into the house, but Puteri Kamariah was "already on her last breath by then".
Tengku Ahmad Faizal told The Malay Mail that Tunku Shahzan was once more attacking his father, Tunku Sulaiman, but the neighbours managed to restrain him and in doing so saved his life.
"(Tunku Shahzan) looked strange, and his eyes were red and bulging," Tengku Ahmad Faisal said.
He said he tried to help Tunkuís mother who was bleeding to death in the kitchen. "She was very weak... She died in my arms," said Tengku Faizal.
An official at the palace confirmed that family members and staff went to the royal burial ground in Pekan today, but refused to talk about the killing. The Sultanís private secretary was not immediately available.
Razak Buhary, the Pahang state Chief Police Officer, was also not available to comment, his secretary said. Other police officers were not authorised to comment on the case.
Pahang is the largest state in peninsular Malaysia and is situated in the eastern coastal region. Nine of Malaysia's 13 states have their own royal families, who take turns in filling the largely ceremonial role of monarch.
Monarchs carry the titles "raja" or "sultan", while family members are usually addressed as "tunku" or "tengku".
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