By John Isaac
POLICE have reclassified the assault case of a security guard as murder, following his death on Aug 27.
Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash said yesterday they have also referred the case to the prosecution for review with proposals of a more severe charge against the suspect.
The suspect was previously charged with causing grievous hurt and is out on bail.
“Police have reclassified the case as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code on the day the victim passed away.
“The offence carries the death penalty. The case is awaiting further instruction from the prosecution,” he said in a statement reported by Malaysiakini.
Noor Azhar Muhmmad was in January charged under Section 335 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt which carries a punishment of up to seven years in prison and a fine.
Noor Azhar had on Dec 29 last year assaulted 64-year-old Thava Sagayam (above) who served as a security guard at a condominium in Ipoh, Perak.
The accused attacked Thava, including hitting him with a table, after he refused to allow the former’s child from using the swimming pool which was closed at the time.
The attack left Thava unconscious. He died eight months later.
A post-mortem showed he died from a lung infection, but his family maintained that his health deteriorated over the months as a result of the attack.
His family had also uploaded a video of the incident where Thava was violently assaulted.
Among those who called for justice to be served include Perak PKR chief, Farhash Wafa Salvador, who expressed his condolences to the victim’s family and urged the authorities to take appropriate action.
He also urged those concerned to stop sharing the viral video as a mark of respect to the family and to let the law takes its course.
“I believe the bigger problem here also could be the mental state suffered by some which could have been among the factors which resulted in the unfortunate incident.
“While we are facing numerous challenges at this time, it is important for us to remain calm and stay strong together as Malaysians,” he added.
DAP’s Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran had also urged the public prosecutor to charge the man who beat up the elderly security guard with murder in the wake of the victim’s death.