The four teenagers arriving to court.
GEORGE TOWN: Four teenagers, who were allegedly involved in assaulting T. Nhaveen, are set to be charged with murder.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar, in a statement on Monday, said the case, which was originally investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with weapons, has been reclassified under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The four suspects, aged between 16 and 18, will be charged with murder on Monday afternoon, read together with Section 34 of the same Code.
Section 34 makes a person liable for a criminal act done by several persons as if he had done it himself
ACP Anuar said the four will also be jointly charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt to T. Previin, who was with Nhaveen when the incident occurred.
He said an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested together with the four teenagers, will be released on a bond and will serve as a prosecution witness.
Nhaveen passed away at the Penang Hospital at 5.31pm on June 15.
He was found unconscious at around midnight on June 10 at a field next to Jalan Kaki Bukit in Bukit Gelugor.
The youth, who was also sodomised and burnt on his back, suffered internal bleeding in his head and abdomen.