PETALING JAYA: The lawyer who was representing four of the five suspects in T Nhaveen’s murder case is no longer acting for them.
“I have not received new instructions from my clients,” V Parthipan told The Star when contacted yesterday.
The fifth suspect is unrepresented.
Nhaveen and his friend T Previin, 19, were attacked by five teenagers, whom they recognised as friends and former schoolmates.
One of them allegedly abducted Nhaveen, dragging him to a nearby field, where he was later found unconscious with wounds to his head, hip, private parts and anus.
He was later rushed to the Penang Hospital but died yesterday.
Previin, meanwhile, underwent surgery to reconstruct his cheekbone after it was crushed due to the beating he received by the five teenagers. He is recovering at the same hospital Nhaveen was admitted to.
Police have reclassified Nhaveen’s death as murder, after initially investigating it as a rioting case under the Penal Code.
Parthipan said he was no longer acting for the four as the case had become more serious after police had reclassified the case as murder.
The lawyer was also not present at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday when two of the suspects were remanded over a separate case.
The suspects, aged 16 and 17, had allegedly extorted and beaten another 19-year-old youth, who made a police report on May 5, but withdrew it three hours later.
Police were seeking a remand order so the suspects could assist them in their investigation.
Magistrate’s Court deputy registrar Ahmad Tajudin Zain issued a four-day remand order against the suspects.