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Security Guard Passes Away After Being Hit With A Table, But Post-Mortem Says He Died Of Sepsis

Credits: SAYS

A 63-year-old security guard who was assaulted while he was on duty at a condominium in Ipoh last December had passed away on Friday (27 August) after sustaining injuries from the assault. Despite this, the post-mortem results allegedly found the victim to have died of sepsis caused by infections in his lungs.

The story is receiving public attention after the victim’s family members uploaded a post on Facebook that included screenshots from CCTV footage showing the assault taking place. In the post, the family member alleged the victim, Thava Sagayam had passed away after suffering from severe injuries that worsened over the past eight months since he was assaulted.

Apparently, the incident started because the suspect, who was a homestay guest at the condo, had let his son play at the pool, even though the children’s swimming pool was not allowed to open due to the CMCO restrictions at the time. The victim then tried to explain the risks to the guest, only to be met with provocation and a heated argument.

"My uncle explained to him the danger if he didn't follow the rules. After some time the homestay guest pushed my uncle's table with the intention to use it as a weapon to hit him. He was hit twice with the table and the homestay guest forcefully pushed him to the ground," the family member wrote.

The worst part is, the guest was abusing the poor guard all while his young son was present to witness the violent scene. That’s not all, the suspect had the audacity to approach the management office afterwards and lied that the guard had fallen down and he had only wanted to help, but the CCTV footage showed the truth.

The victim was then rushed to the hospital while the manager went to the police station to file a report. However, when Thava’s wife went to the police station to file a report on behalf of the victim, the police officers allegedly refused to take the report.

And despite the suspect being in remand for two days after being charged with Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons likely to cause death, he was able to roam freely after appearing in court and paying bail for Section 325 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

The case is now being reopened for an investigation under Section 326, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars with a fine or whipping if found guilty. Meanwhile, Ipoh Barat Member of Parliament M. Kulasegaran has urged the public prosecutor to charge the suspect with murder.


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