Panjavarman Perumal 56, dead after he was attacked by a group of six girls , aged between 15 and 20 because of a heated Facebook chat between a 15-year-old schoolgirl when one of them came looking for her together with other family members.
Panjavarnam Perumal was attacked with helmets, at about 11pm on Monday. The Form Two student’s mother, A. Rajeswari, 34, was also injured in the attack. Factory worker Rajeswari said she received a call at 10pm while she was at work from a girl who insisted on meeting her. “I told her I was at work and would only be home at 11pm. When I got home, I saw a group of girls hanging around on the ground floor.
Rajeswari said she asked her uncle, Panjavarnam, who stayed with her, to talk to the girls and see what was going on. “They told me that my daughter wrote disparaging remarks about them on Facebook and she should apologize.
They, whom been attacked by helmet lost consciousness and was brought to Penang hospital by ambulance. Rajeswari was discharged after receiving treatment for bruises on her head and body. George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said Panjavarnam died on the way to the hospital and a post-mortem showed that he died of a heart attack. Police arrested three girls and a man, aged between 15 and 23, at the scene and they have been remanded for six days pending investigations.
He confirmed that the disparaging Facebook posting led to the argument and the deceased, who worked as a cleaner, had tried to stop the argument but was beaten up, kicked and stepped on instead.