ROMPIN - There's a new twist to the story of the National Service trainee who died after being found unconscious. He was actually beaten to death - for jumping the queue during breakfast on Sunday.
Muhammad Suhaimi Norhamidi was hammered repeatedly by several fellow trainees at the Pinggiran Pelangi camp in Muadzam Shah near here, causing him to suffer internal head injuries.
About half an hour after the alleged assault, the 18-year-old was found sprawled on the bathroom floor of their hostel.
The camp commandant rushed the boy to the Muadzam Shah Hospital, where he died.
Pahang Deputy CID chief Supt Mohd Haris Daud said three trainees, aged between 18 and 20, were detained on Monday to assist in investigations.
He said that two of them had fractures in their hands believed to be due to the hard blows they landed on the victim.
"Initial investigations revealed that the victim had cut queue during breakfast before a group of trainees confronted him, resulting in a scuffle.
"We believe another fight occurred later in the day before he collapsed and succumbed to head injuries," Supt Mohd Haris said yesterday.
Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Jahaya said police had classified the case as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code after obtaining the post-mortem report.
"The report revealed that the victim died from internal bleeding in the head due to blunt trauma.
"All three trainees have been remanded for a week until Sept 30," he said.
National Service Training Department acting director-general Rozainor Ramli said a special unit had been set up to conduct an internal inquiry.
Rozainor said the department would also give its full cooperation to the police.