Police wrap up probe into suicide of teen accused of phone theft

M-VasanthapiriyaSEBERANG PERAI: Police have wrapped up investigations into the case involving M Vasanthapiriya who hanged herself after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone.

Seberang Perai Selatan district police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad said the investigation papers had been submitted to the deputy public prosecutor’s office.

“We have referred the case to the DPP’s office,” he said today.

Vasanthapiriya died at 3.30am today, just over a week after the incident occurred.

She was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Seberang Jaya Hospital last Wednesday. She never woke up.

Based on a police report lodged by a relative at the Prai police station, Vasanthapiriya, a student of SMK Methodist in Nibong Tebal, was called in for questioning by three teachers at 2pm last Wednesday.

One of them, a woman in her 40s, accused her of stealing her iPhone 6, the report said.

After the teen denied stealing the handphone, another teacher allegedly hit her on the back in full view of other students.

She was then allegedly confined to a room in the teachers’ office quarters for nearly five hours, without any food or toilet break.

At 6.45pm, the husband of the teacher who lost her handphone arrived at the school. The couple threatened to take her to the police if she did not admit to the alleged theft, the report said.

They then drove Vasanthapiriya to her house nearby to meet her parents. The teen ran up to her room, while her parents and the accuser left home “to sort things out,” the report said.

It was then that Vasanthapiriya attempted to take her life. Upon returning home at 8.20pm, her father broke into her room after repeated calls went unanswered.

She was found unconscious but alive, hanging on her ‘dupatta’ (shawl) off an air-conditioning piping, with her legs in contact with the floor. Her shocked parents also discovered a suicide note written on a torn page of her school exercise book.


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