Student believed to have been assaulted by teacher dies

A year one school student believed to have been assaulted by a teacher on Thursday died at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (SBH) yesterday.

Saiful Syazani Sopfidee, 7, of Sekolah Agama Rakyat Jejawi in Perlis died at 8:50am.

He was admitted to the hospital in a coma on Friday.

The incident occurred at 7pm on Thursday where a male teacher was said to have assaulted Saiful Syazani for about two hours until he collapsed.

Perlis CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said police had arrested a suspect who is a teacher cum hostel warden at 10pm last night.

“We are still waiting for the autopsy report. The case is investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” he added.

Hazirah Chin, 38, said before admission to SBH, her adopted son (Saiful) was taken unconscious to Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, Kangar at 1:40am on Friday.

“I received a phone call from an ustaz who asked whether Saiful had epilepsy and I said no.

“He said that he would like to take me to hospital as Saiful had been admitted to hospital and would be transfered to a hospital in Alor Setar,” she said at SBH mortuary today.

Hazirah said that she saw blisters on Saiful’s wrist and bruises to the eyes.

Meanwhile, Saiful’s father, Saiful Sopfidee Marzuki, 34, said Saiful put up for adoption after his wife died three years ago.

“The last time I met him was one year ago as I lived in Langkawi and only moved  back to Jitra one month ago.”

He was informed at 8am on Friday that Saiful was assaulted and lodged apolice report after seeing bruises to the body. – Bernama