Vocalist main suspect in brutal attack
KUALA LUMPUR: The main suspect in the brutal assault and scalding of a 25-year-old man accused of carrying on an affair with a woman in the midst of divorce proceedings is said to be the vocalist of a local rock band.
The estranged husband of the woman in question was picked up with six others following the assault in Paya Jaras.
Amir Hamzah Abdul Hamid, the uncle of the victim, revealed this in a Facebook posting that went viral. He said his nephew was a former student of the vocalist’s wife, but denied that the two were having an affair.
“He had been close with the teacher (the vocalist’s wife) since schooldays. He was a good student, and teachers at the school liked him. (My nephew) was just a scapegoat because his former teacher was having problems in her marriage,” he wrote.
District police chief Superintendent S. Somu confirmed the arrest of the vocalist.
“Yes... one of the suspects is the vocalist of a local rock band,” he said.
It was reported yesterday that the victim was brutally beaten up on Saturday by about 30 men. The men also scalded him, causing second-degree burns to his back, shoulders and neck.
The man called his father, who rushed to the scene and sent him to Sungai Buloh Hospital.
The father lodged a police report, leading to the arrests of the estranged husband and six other men.
Police are now looking for others involved in the assault.
The New Straits Times’s online report of the assault garnered much attention from Netizens.
While some, who assumed that the victim was having an affair with the woman, said he deserved to be assaulted, others disagreed.
Jack Tan said perhaps the husband should “go after the wife first”, but Jimmy Chng Yeoh Beng said: “Have them (the perpetrators) treat(ed) the same way.”
Menica Mohnaraju said: “She is on the verge of getting a divorce. What do you expect? Obviously after the divorce she will look forward to be with the man she loves. You can’t force someone to be in love with you, so just move on with your life or perhaps meet someone else and fall in love again.”
Menica said she could not understand the need to assault the victim. “It’s not like after the assault your wife may reconsider the divorce.”