Police investigating case of boy killed by falling chair as murder

PETALING JAYA: Police are now investigating the death of 15-year-old S. Sathiswaran, who was killed by a falling chair from a block of flats, as murder.

Sathiswaran - a Form Three student of SMK La Salle in Petaling Jaya - was hit by a blue office chair believed to have been thrown from one of the upper floors of the Seri Pantai People's Housing Project (PPR) flats at 8.30pm on Monday (Jan 15).

He was accompanying his 45-year-old mother S. Kasthurivai, 45, who had just finished grocery shopping.

The case was initially investigated under Section 304a of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said police have interviewed 31 people and five of them have had their DNA samples taken for analysis.

"We are also waiting for the post-mortem results," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 17).

He urged anyone with information on the case to contact the police immediately.

Sathiswaran's funeral was held at around 10am Wednesday at the family's apartment.

The final rites were performed at 2.20pm as friends and relatives looked on.

His body was laid to rest at the MBPJ Damansara Hindu Cemetery at around 4pm.

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