Police want more info on student and his victim in poisoning case

KUCHING, Malaysia - Police have requested the academic performance reports and disciplinary records of both students involved in the poisoning incident in a Sri Aman school near here.

Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said although the main investigation is on the poisoning offence, police are also looking at the alleged bullying that could have led to the act.

"The police are still investigating the motive of the incident and we are trying to find out whether the victim had bullied other students.

"We have recorded statements from the victim, the suspect and their teachers.

"We will complete our investigation as soon as possible before submitting it to the deputy public prosecutor to decide on the next course of action," he told reporters after witnessing the handover ceremony for the new Kuching district CID chief here Thursday.

The alleged poisoning happened at a school in the district on July 20. The suspect was allegedly the target of bullying, and had retaliated by giving his bully noodles laced with roach poison.

The alleged bully then began vomiting excessively and was rushed to the hospital.

SAC Dev said that the 13-year-old victim has since been discharged from the Sri Aman Hospital.

He added that the father of the victim had lodged a police report at the Sri Aman police station after being informed of the incident by the school.

The grandfather of the suspect has also made a police report, claiming that the boy was bullied and had been extorted out of his food and money repeatedly by the classmate.

The police have classified the case under Section 328 of the Penal Code for causing hurt by poisoning.