IPOH: Perak police have reclassified the case of a security guard who was assaulted by a homestay guest at a condominium here last year as murder following his death on Friday (Aug 27).
Perak police chief Datuk Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid (pic) said the police had suggested a heavier charge against the suspect to the deputy public prosecutor’s office on Monday (Aug 30).
“We are waiting for further instructions from the prosecutor’s office.
“We view criminal activities seriously, and stern action will be taken in a fair and transparent manner against individuals or groups for disturbing the peace and safety of the people,” he added.
The case was initially investigated under Section 335 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt on grave and sudden provocation but has now been reclassified under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Comm Mior Faridalathrash advised the public not to speculate in relation to the case, so as to prevent causing anxiety and anger within the community.
The 64-year-old security guard died at his house on Friday, and the post-mortem found that he had died due to sepsis, caused by infection in his lungs.
It was reported that the security guard had sustained head injuries during the Dec 29 incident after being assaulted by the guest following an argument.
The security guard was found by a worker at the condominium, bleeding from his head and was rushed to the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in a semi-conscious state.