Cleaning supervisors nabbed for beating homeless men in Komtar

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GEORGE TOWN: Two cleaning supervisors at the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar) building here were detained on Sunday for allegedly hitting two homeless men.

Northeast police chief Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong said investigations showed that the two men often beat the homeless people seeking shelter at the building.

He said the two men, aged 27 and 43, were arrested in front of a bank at Komtar by a team from the district police Criminal Investigation Department at 9pm.

“We also seized two canes, believed to have been used by the duo to hit the homeless men.

“Checks found that one of the men has a criminal record with two entries. Urine test for drugs for both men came back negative,” he said.

Soffian said the two had been remanded for investigation under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing injury with a weapon and the investigation paper would be sent to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office.

It is learnt that the two alleged aggressors claimed that homeless people and beggars in the Komtar area often create a mess.

Soffian said police received a report from a person who was also assaulted after recording the action of the two men, at 7pm on the same day.

“The victim recorded the action of the two men beating a beggar with a cane at 2pm on Oct 6, on his mobile phone. The incident took place in front of a bank in Komtar.

“The victim claimed he was also beaten by the two men when they realised that he was recording them. The victim was hit several times and suffered bruises on the back of the body, right elbow and left calf. The victim was treated at the Penang Hospital,” he said.

Three video clips were previously uploaded on Twitter about a man attacked by several individuals in a public place.

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