GEORGE TOWN: Police will be combing a field at Kampung Buah Pala, Gelugor, here to find an object that was used to sodomise an 18-year-old boy on Friday.
Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said although officers had recovered some items used to assault him early Saturday morning, a forensics team will head to the field to look one more time.
T Nhaveen, 18, a mall promoter was assaulted with crash helmets by two men, abducted and later brought to a field at Jalan Kaki Bukit. Three other men then joined them and were alleged to have inserted objects into Nhaveen’s anus.
“On Sunday, a specialist doctor informed us a blunt object was inserted into Nhaveen’s anus. We were not told about this when he was admitted the day before.
“In light of this discovery, we will be scouring the ‘padang’ (field) one more time to find objects such as a stick or a bottle that may have likely been used to cause further injury to Nhaveen,” Anuar told reporters at the district police headquarters here today.
Anuar also clarified the burn marks on the back of Nhaveen’s body were scars from cigarette burns and was not from a flame-torch as reported.
According to police, the five youths arrested had confessed to assaulting Nhaveen, but denied inserting objects into his anus.
“We have so far taken statements from the doctors involved in Nhaveen’s case. Another two statements were taken from Nhaveen’s friend who was also hurt and one more from the brother of the suspect who sent Nhaveen to the hospital,” he said.
Anuar also denied claims that the assault on Nhaveen had anything to do with underworld gangs, saying there were no links so far.
“We have also not heard from the family of threats to Nhaveen’s 16-year-old sister after the attack. We will call them in for questioning too,” he said.
Meanwhile, Anuar also revealed the words said to have been used by the youths against Nhaveen.
“The two men first said ‘long time no see, pondan’. Then they also remarked ‘you have a misai kontot (short moustache), you are a coward’,” Anuar said quoting from investigation papers into the case so far.
Anuar said the case will be investigated for rioting under Section 148 of the Penal Code.
“But we will recommend the case be investigated under Section 377CA of the Penal Code since there is evidence of likely forced entry to his anus,” he said.
The said section refers to sexual penetration by an object where any person who introduces an object into the vagina or anus of another without consent. The section provides a minimum five-year prison term and a maximum 30 year jail term and with the accused liable to face whipping as well.
Anuar also said the youths arrested would be investigated for murder or culpable homicide should the worst happen to Nhaveen.
Meanwhile, the Magistrate’s Court has allowed an extension of the remand for the five youths, who are aged 16 to 18.
Of the five, three of them, who are unemployed, had their remand extended for three days, while the two other, who are students, were remanded for another day.
Nhaveen and his friend T Previin, 19, were assaulted by two youths on a motorcycle outside a burger shop outside the At-Taqwa mosque in Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor, last Friday.
The two youths assaulted Nhaveen and Previin and later called three others for back up. They then took Nhaveen to a field at Jalan Kaki Bukit, where they were alleged to have tortured him.
Previin, on the other hand, had run away before the three others arrived and avoided being abducted as well. He suffered from broken cheekbones and is being treated at the Penang Hospital.
Nhaveen, however, is on life support at the same hospital as doctors have declared him “brain dead”, following injuries to his head, hips and groin.
Relatives told media that he is also epileptic as he has a small tumour in his brain.