BUKIT MERTAJAM - A college student has been charged in the Sessions Court here with murdering a man who lived near his neighbourhood.
A. Devandran, 18, from Taman Sejahtera in Alma, here, is alleged to have murdered P. Vijayan, 56, at his home in nearby Taman Pinggiran Alma at 10.40pm on June 2.
The offence under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Devandran is also accused of attempting to murder Vijayan's wife P. Amutha, 42, at the same place, time and day.
The offence under Section 307 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 20 years.
No plea was recorded for both charges when Devandran was indicted yesterday.
Sessions judge Musyiri Peet fixed Aug 13 for mention pending Vijayan's post-mortem report and Amutha's medical report.
Dev Kumaraendran represented Devandran while DPP Lim Saw Sim prosecuted.
It was reported earlier that Vijayan succumbed to his injuries after suffering burns from a Molotov cocktail hurled into the living room of his house.
He died at the Bukit Mertajam hospital a week after the incident.
A post-mortem by Penang Hospital's senior consultant forensic pathologist Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh showed he had second degree burns.
Amutha, who was also in the house during the attack, suffered burns on the hands and face.