Cops seeking culprit who threw a chair that killed a boy

KUALA LUMPUR: The culprit who threw a chair from an upper floor of a block of People's Housing Programme (PPR) apartments in Pantai Dalam which killed a secondary school student will face a murder charge once caught by the police.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said the case, which was initially classified under Section 304 A of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence, has been reclassified as murder, with the suspect facing the mandatory death sentence.

"Investigators have begun questioning the flats occupants and the investigations will go on indefinitely and tracing the culprit is a matter of time only," Rusdi told theSun, adding that no arrest has been made so far.

Sources said forensics units failed to lift any fingerprints from the chair which struck the boy and police are working on other leads to track down the suspect.

The victim, identified as S. Satiswaran, a Form Three student of SMK La Salle in Petaling Jaya, was accompanying his mother, 45, who had just finished grocery shopping.

When they were about to enter their apartment block at about 8.30pm on Monday, an office chair, believed to have been thrown from one of the upper floors, crashed down and struck Satiswaran.

The boy died at the scene while his mother was fortunate not to have also been struck by the chair.

Meanwhile, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has called on the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the case.

"I wish to convey my condolences to the family. I have lodged several complaints about incidents like this to the authorities ... hoping for the right action to be taken against the culprits," she said in a Facebook post after visiting the scene today.

Residents of the apartment are also demanding for action to be taken against the person responsible.

Among those with the grieving family was PPR Sri Pantai residents' association chairman Tursiah Sinor, 49.

"There have been numerous examples of irresponsible occupants simply throwing garbage from the corridor balconies, which even resulted in injuries to whoever it hit below. But not like this," she said.

Deeply angered that her frequent warnings to residents not to throw rubbish from their balconies was not heeded, Tursiah said she hoped the authorities would find the ones responsible for Satiswaran's death.