Man arrested in stabbing onboard fishing boat remanded to 10 days in jail

26-year-old man injured in a stabbing is medically evacuated from A. A. Maalhos to Male' City by the MNDF on November 22, 2019. (Photo/MNDF)

The man arrested in the stabbing onboard a local sea cumber fishing boat has been remanded to 10 days in jail.

The man, identified by the police as a 30-year-old Maldivian citizen, is one of the men accused of stabbing and throwing overboard one of their fellow crew member following a dispute in the early hours of Friday, November 22.

He was remanded to 10 days in jail by the court last Saturday.

All members of the crew, including the victim Hammad, 26, are alleged religious extremists.

Sun has been informed the other crew members turned on Hammad following a disagreement, and that they had verbally condemned him to death before stabbing and throwing him overboard.

He sustained multiple stab wounds to his face, the back of his head, and the back of neck in the attack – as well as stab wounds to his hands – believed to be defensive wounds.

He had swum to nearby A. A. Maalhos in his wounded state, and had called for help. He was taken to the health center a group of young locals who heard his cries.

Locals report that two of the alleged attackers came to Maalhos looking for him, who they claimed was a “missing” crew member.

The police have only made one arrest.

Meanwhile, the victim of the attack, Hammad is under investigation by the authorities for taking a 13-year-old girl as a bride in an illegal child marriage.