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Larvae controller attacker may face 32 months' imprisonment

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 6, 2019   /   04:37 pm
Larvae controller attacker may face 32 months' imprisonment A mosquito larvae controller checks the water tub of a house in a Kostrad housing complex in South Jakarta on Dec. 5, 2008. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

A man who reportedly attacked three jumantik (mosquito larvae controllers) in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, could receive a prison sentence of two years and eight months, a police officer has said.

Jagakarsa Police criminal unit head First Insp. Sigit said the suspect, Marwan Sangadji, 39, was charged under Article 351 of the law on assault.

"We have detained the suspect," he said on Tuesday, as quoted by tempo.co.

The three women, identified as Desi Yanita, 33, Jayanti, 40, and Nur Azizah, 42, suffered bruises after the attack last Friday. They reportedly had a quarrel with the suspect, who was a resident of Lenteng Agung, before the incident took place. 

The three reported the case to the Jagakarsa Police, who then apprehended the alleged perpetrator for questioning. 

The suspect said he assaulted the women because he did not want his house to be examined for larvae.

Jakarta is on alert as there have been 878 cases of dengue fever as of Feb. 3, according to data from the Jakarta Health Agency, with South Jakarta recording 297 cases, the highest number among all municipalities in the capital. (sau)