Truant student gets gangster to beat up man who chided him

PHOTO: The Straits Times

A schoolboy beat up a businessman with the help of a gang member after the man reported about the youngster's truancy to his school, China Press reported.

The duo assaulted the businessman at 11.15am on April 19 at a commercial complex in Taman Melawati, Selangor after beating up his son at another spot.

The businessman and two others sustained injuries. Police arrested the culprits when they tried to flee.

Apparently, the businessman had spotted the student loitering at the complex in his uniform during school hours and scolded him.

Wangsa Maju OCPD Supt Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif confirmed the case.

A mother went down on her knees to beg a lawyer not to withdraw from representing her son, who was charged in a Penang court with possessing dangerous weapons.

Tan Huat Hock's mother broke down in tears after being told that S. Rethinakumar did not want to represent her son as he could not get a clear directive from the youngster.

Tan, 20, was charged under Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, which carries a jail term of not less than five years and not more than 10 years.

He was offered an alternative charge of not being able to provide a reasonable explanation as to how he came to possess the items, under Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955, which carries a maximum one-year jail sentence or up to RM1,000 (S$320) fine or both.

Tan, however, chose to claim trial on Wednesday, reported China Press.

His family tried to persuade the youngster to accept the alternative charge, but he feared ending up in jail if he did.

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