KLANG: Seven men were charged in a magistrate's court here with the murder of security guard Muhammad Ridhzuan Che Bai which is believed to be connected to a territorial dispute involving security jobs.
The 26-year-old is said to have been hacked to death with a parang while he was on duty at the affluent 11 Avenue residential area guardhouse at 2am on April 18.
M. Yugaraj, 26, B. Saravanan, 33, N. Mageswaran, 25, N. Yogeswaran, 22, U. Kunalan, 22, C. Reshiwaran, 22 and E. Sasikumar, 26, were brought into court handcuffed together. They nodded when the joint charge was read to them.
They are alleged to have killed the guard with several others still at large.
If found guilty, they face the mandatory death penalty.
The group of seven included two newspaper vendors, two security guards, a technician and a tow truck driver.
The courtroom was packed with the families of the seven.
They were represented by lawyers P. Uthayakumar and S. Saravanan while DPP Rizal Azani Zainal Adzam prosecuted.
Uthayakumar told the court that the facts stated in the charge against the group were "unclear" and not specific about the alleged roles of each person in committing the murder.
"The facts are not clear. They are very general. How can this be, especially for such a serious charge as murder?" he asked.
Magistrate Mariam Maran Abdullah @ Lusia Muda Maran set June 16 for next mention.