The Star, Dec 07 2011
GEORGE TOWN: An odd-job worker died after being attacked by a group of 15 men armed with sticks and crash helmets.
M. Jegathiswaran, 25, was with a male friend in a car when they were stopped at the Jalan P. Patto-Taman Tanjung junction in Butterworth.
He was then dragged out of the driver’s seat and assaulted by his assailants.
His friend, in his 20s, was left untouched by the group.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zahruddin Abdullah said the two friends were on their way home at about 4.30am on Sunday after a night out when the incident happened.
“The victim died on the spot of multiple head and body injuries. We are investigating all angles including territorial dispute.
“Several helmets and sticks were also recovered at the scene.
“Five people, aged between 17 and 71, have since been picked up to help in investigations,” he told a press conference yesterday.
In an unrelated development, SAC Zahruddin said police would look into all angles, including revenge, jealousy and Ah Long-related activities over the murder of carpenter Tham Chong Yat, 42.
On Sunday, Tham died two hours after being shot twice in the abdomen by a gunman in Taman Cengal, Mak Mandin at about 8.30pm.
He had just gotten off his motorcycle when a man drove up next to him and opened fire.
He was rushed to the Seberang Jaya Hospital by a passer-by but suc*****bed to his injuries at 10.30pm on Sunday.
SAC Zahruddin said the gunman was believed to have driven a red Proton Saga.
He urged those with information to contact the nearest police station.