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On November 18, a 17-year-old boy was bashed up to death after a fight over a fried chicken, WorldofBuzz reported via The Star.
Mohamad Shukri Kassim, the victim, was only found dead by the warden after he did not show up for morning prayers the following day (Nov 19). It is believed the victim had died for at least three hours before his body was discovered.
Kota Setar OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Rozi Jidin said that the police were alerted to the death at 5.30am on Saturday, and immediately conveyed the body to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah for an autopsy.
Early investigations found that the victim had fought with 10 other inmates over fried chicken the night before.
"Police had thought that it was a case of sudden death but post mortem results revealed injuries believed to be caused by punches," ACP Mohd Rozi said.
The punches were believed to be sustained from the night before.
Currently, the 10 inmates aged between 14-18 years, have been detained for a week to assist police investigations.
The Langkawi victim was also from the rehabilitation centre in Pokok Sena, Kedah. He was placed there recently (Nov 11) after he was caught stealing.
Upon hearing this story, many netizens were outraged at the attitude and behaviour of the teenagers despite being placed in a rehabilitation center.
Said one netizen:
"It is called a rehab center, yet these kids are still like this. What are they teaching in there? Do children really learn to become better?"
"They have gangs in there. The old ones will take advantage of the new ones. They will snatch your food and if you do not give them, you'll be beaten up.