To be charged: Man who drove schoolgirl to suicide with threat to leak photos

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Aug 2020

GEORGE TOWN: The 20-year-old man who allegedly threatened to share private photos of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, leading to her suicide on Aug 3, will be charged at the Balik Pulau Magistrate’s Court here at 8am on Wednesday (Aug 19).

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said the man would be charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 292 of the Penal Code for circulating obscene materials.

On Aug 11, it was reported that the man was arrested by police from the south-west police district headquarters in Kuala Kangsar, Perak on August 4 at about 7.50pm following an investigation into the schoolgirl’s death.

Supt Anbalagan said the man was earlier arrested in connection with the incident on Aug 3, where police received a distress call from the public about the schoolgirl who was found dead at a condominium in Bayan Lepas.

“The case was classified as sudden death and investigation papers were opened under Section 507 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.

Prior to this, it was reported that the police had seized a mobile phone belonging to the man which contained pictures that included women's breasts and the genitals of unidentified individuals.

The man was also said to be under investigation for similar cyber-bullying cases in several states, including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Perak.

On Aug 11, Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Manan reportedly said the man was suspected of having bullied others in social media by using the same modus operandi.

He also threatened victims that he befriended on Facebook to continue their relationship or have sex with him, and this was criminal intimidation, said Comm Sahabudin.

According to the mother of the schoolgirl, the family received a call from the man who requested to talk with her daughter, but they refused his request.

The man is said to have uttered profanities at the girl’s mother because of this.

The man is also said to have threatened the mother of the girl, saying he would make her daughter's pictures go viral.

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