11 detained over fatal beating of law student


BY ANDREW SAGAYAM AND JONATHAN CHEW

Darren: Was overpowered and assaulted by 15 armed men

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian and 10Thai nationals – all restaurant workers– have been arrested by police over theassault and death of Darren Kang TienHua. 

And police are looking for four morepeople to assist in investigations intothe killing of the 23-year-old SheffieldUniversity law student at a restaurantin Desa Sri Hartamas on Monday,Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm ZulHasnan Najib Baharudin said. 

At the Jalan Raja Court yesterday,Magistrate Manira Mohd Noor granteda remand against the 11 men – the 22-year-old Malaysian and 10 Thainationals aged between 18 and 25 –until July 13. 

The case is being investigated formurder under Section 302 of the PenalCode. 

ACP Zul Hasnan said the foreignworkers, who were arrested at 9am atthe restaurant yesterday, had beenhere for over a year and police werechecking if they possessed valid workpermits. 

REMANDED: The suspects being led away after a magistrate issued a remand order against them in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. - STARpic by Low Boon Tat

He said police also recovered several items, including several steel chairsand sticks believed to have been usedin the incident. 

“From the arrests, we are confidentthat we will be able to complete investigations soon,” he said. 

ACP Zul Hasnan said police had alsorecorded statements from the restaurant owner, other employeesand several customers whowere there when the incidenttook place. 

Darren’s body was crematedyesterday at the Petaling JayaCrematorium in KampungTunku, with his family mem-bers and his fiancee, Goh WinSee, 24 present. 

His visibly upset mother,who wished to be known onlyas Madam Teh, 48, from BandarSri Damansara, said she wantedpolice to nab all those involvedsoon. 

“Was it wrong for Goh to say'I love you' to my son? It was aconversation between Goh andDarren but for that my only sonis gone,” she said. 

“Those who killed my sonmust be brought to justice. 

What was said between Gohand Darren was their own business. They were engaged andplanned to get married afterDarren finished his studies,”she added. 

TEARFUL FAREWELL: Teh (left), Darren's father Kang Fong Heng and Goh grieving over his body before the cremation at the Petaling Jaya Crematorium in Kampung Tunku Wednesday.

In the 3.30am incident onMonday, Darren died after hewas beaten up by a group ofmen whom he confronted forteasing him over a show ofaffection from his fiancee tohim outside the restaurant. 

Darren was overpoweredand was assaulted by about 15men armed with iron rods, steelchairs and sticks. 

Meanwhile, ACP Zul Hasnanurged those with more information on the incident to contact Brickfields CID chiefDeputy Supt Mat Hassan or AsstSupt Mohamad Shamsuddin at03-2274-2222 or the nearestpolice station. 

Earlier report:Law student assaulted and killed in front of fiancee 

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