Fam­ily wants jus­tice for man killed in at­tack

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The fam­ily of a man, who died af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a mob over his al­leged in­volve­ment in a mo­lest case at a mall here, has de­manded jus­tice for his death.

The vic­tim’s 20-year-old sis­ter, who de­clined to be named, said her fam­ily wanted ac­tion to be taken against those re­spon­si­ble for caus­ing her brother’s death.

“The at­tack­ers should be brought to jus­tice,” she said.

She said the as­sailants should not take the law into their own hands against her 31year-old brother, who died 40 hours af­ter the at­tack.

“They should have con­tacted the police in­stead of beat­ing him sense­lessly.

“If he had com­mit­ted the crime as al­leged, let the police in­ves­ti­gate and the courts de­cide,” she said at Sul­tanah Bahiyah Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary yes­ter­day.

She said she had lodged a re­port based on a vi­ral clip that showed her brother be­ing at­tacked by a group of men and a woman, who is be­lieved to be the mo­lest vic­tim.

She said police had alerted her fam­ily at 8.15pm on Sunday, about four hours af­ter the in­ci­dent at a mall in Jalan Pu­tra here.

She said her brother had slipped into a coma when the fam­ily ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal and that he died at 12.30pm yes­ter­day.

She said her fam­ily was shocked by the mo­lest al­le­ga­tion against her brother, whom they de­scribed as a fil­ial child.

“My brother, the fourth child in our fam­ily, had been tak­ing care of our mother in Sun­gai Yan af­ter our fa­ther died three years ago.”

She said her brother had bought a fish­ing boat for one of their sib­lings to help him earn a liv­ing.

“My brother had worked with a govern­ment agency but quit when he suf­fered from de­pres­sion af­ter his mar­riage col­lapsed a year ago.”

Mean­while, Kota Se­tar police chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mohd Rozi Jidin said police had ob­tained a four-day re­mand or­der against five peo­ple, in­clud­ing a woman, to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­ci­dent.

“The group, in their 20s, were picked up in the city based on a video clip that had gone vi­ral since Sunday.”

Fol­low­ing the man’s death, Rozi said police had re­clas­si­fied the case from Sec­tion 326 of the Pe­nal Code for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt to Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code for mur­der.

If he had com­mit­ted the crime as al­leged, let the police in­ves­ti­gate and the courts de­cide.

VIC­TIM’S SIS­TER

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