Man beaten up in molest incident dies in hospital

ALOR SETAR: A 31-year-old man, who slipped into a coma after he was beaten up by a group of people for allegedly molesting a handphone salesgirl, has died.

Kota Setar police chief Asst Comm Mohd Rozi Jidin said four men and a woman were arrested in connection with the case, which has been reclassified as murder.

"They have been remanded. The others involved in the beating should surrender themselves and not wait for us to pick them up," he said.

ACP Mohd Rozi said the victim was admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in a comatose state on Sunday and put on life support, but died at about 12.30pm yesterday.

"The case was initially classified as causing grievous hurt," he said.

The man from Yan district was beaten up after being accused of molesting the 21-year-old woman at about 3pm on Sunday in the female toilet of a shopping mall.

The victim said she spotted the man behaving suspiciously outside her shop.

While she was in the toilet later, she heard the washroom door open. As she unlocked the cubicle door, the man pushed her and tried to put his hand over her mouth.

Passers-by who heard her screaming rushed to her aid.

The man was injured on his head, eyes, right ear, mouth, nose and right wrist.

An x-ray showed that there was damage to the left side of his head, believed to have been inflicted with a blunt object.

A video clip of the beating went viral after it was uploaded to Facebook.

The man's sister lodged a police report after seeing the clip.

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