Vo­cal­ist main sus­pect in bru­tal at­tack

New Straits Times - - News -

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.”

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