Owner of Chair That Killed Boy Identified, Mother Demands Justice for Son’s Death

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The owner of the chair that killed a schoolboy has been identified, while the mother of the victim is demanding justice for her son’s death.

  • Grief and outrage at death of schoolboy killed by chair
  • Mother recounts cradling dead son whose head was smashed
  • Victim well-liked by neighbours
  • Calls for culprit to be caught and justice done
  • Common for residents in PPR to toss things from upper levels
  • Safety netting to be installed at PPR units to ‘catch’ falling objects
Halim Salleh

Police said the owner of the office chair that was thrown has been identified but preliminary investigations revealed that it was not hurled by its owner but by another individual.

It was learned that the owner of the chair was identified through information provided by the residents in the block.

Reportedly, the owner of the chair claimed to have wanted to throw it away and had placed it outside for disposal. However, nothing was done to make sure that the chair was disposed of. Thus, it remained in the corridor.

The culprit who threw the chair from the corridor will face a murder charge once caught by the police, with the suspect facing the mandatory death sentence.

Meanwhile, the mother of the victim, S Kasthuri Bai, 45, is demanding justice for her son’s death and that action be taken on the matter.

“Whoever threw the chair must be given the death penalty,” she was quoted saying.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, residents of a People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Pantai Dalam where 15-year-old S Satiswaran was killed by a chair hurled from a flat are demanding action be taken against the person responsible.

Loud wailing was heard along the corridor of the 16th floor of Block 102 where the victim, a Form Three student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan La Salle, Petaling Jaya, lived with his family, the Malay Mail reported yesterday.

Among those who visited the grieving family was PPR Sri Pantai’s residents’ association chairman Tursiah Sinor, 49. She was also one of the witnesses of the incident.

“Around 7.30pm yesterday I was with three other friends gathering signatures on the 11th floor, when we heard a loud crash followed by screaming. Fearing the worst we rushed downstairs to the main lobby facing the playground,” she told the Malay Mail.

There they found Satiswaran lying on the ground covered in blood as his mother knelt beside him sobbing. An office chair lay broken beside them. Tursiah said the impact of the chair killed Satiswaran instantly.

“There was little I could do but kneel beside Madam Kasthuri to hug and comfort her, until the police arrived a short while later.

“There have been numerous instances of irresponsible parties simply throwing garbage from the corridor balconies, which even resulted in injuries to whomever it hit below. But not like this,” she was quoted saying.

She said the association had made numerous efforts with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to spread awareness on littering.

“However, the issue still persists. The lack of awareness and low mentality are the main causes. They even question me when I advise them not to litter. They ask who am I to advise them and they say if there is no rubbish here, the cleaners will have no work to do,” Tursiah reportedly said.

She added that she hoped the authorities would find the culprits responsible for Satiswaran’s death.

“I should not be surprised that this could have happened. Even more tragic that it had to happen to him. He was a mere child with his whole life ahead of him. I hope finding whoever threw the office chair will provide closure for his mother and family,” she was quoted saying.

As her eldest son and neighbours gathered around her at her flat, the distressed mother of the victim sat on her bed and wailed inconsolably.

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She said that she and her son were returning home and had just arrived at Block 102, the New Straits Times reported.

Just before they were about to go up to their flat, Sathiwaran, who is the youngest in the family, had told his mother that he wanted to stop by the shop and get a reload card.

“I waited for him at the block near the shop. I saw him walking towards me. As he approached me, out of nowhere, a chair hurtled down and struck him.

“I was stunned. My son had collapsed in front of me, his head was smashed.

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“I cradled him. I shook his body, but he was dead. I screamed for help,” the traumatised mother was quoted saying.

Kasthuri revealed that she and her son had spent an hour talking in the car as they were returning home before the incident.

“Yesterday, in the car, Sathiwaran told me to quit my job. ‘Let me work. I want to buy a house for you’, he said. I am shattered…I’ve lost a good son,” she was quoted saying.

Kasthuri’s husband, K Sathiasilan, 45, said he was on the way home from his office in Damansara Jaya when his wife rang him at around 8pm.

“I rushed back as fast as possible, praying he was only wounded. But words left me when the first thing I saw upon arriving was his body covered with a white shroud. Neighbours later told me they had seen the office chair abandoned for some time on the 21st floor,” he was quoted saying.

According to the internal security man, he last saw the victim on the morning of the incident, after waking him up to go to school.

“I was very close to him. He often slept next to me in the living room.

“The neighbours here knew him well as he was always helping people out. So many people loved him.

“I had been saving up money so that he could go on and study culinary arts, as he always told us he wanted to become a chef,” the grieving father was quoted saying.

Mechanic Phua Kok Onn, 35, lives across the corridor from Satiswaran’s flat and had known Satiswaran’s family even before the boy was born.

“I watched this child grow up in front of me. Of all the children living in our block, he was the friendliest and most well-mannered of them all. It is as though I have lost a little brother of my own.

“He is gone, nothing can bring our neighbour’s son back. Catching and jailing the irresponsible one who did this is the least which can be done to ensure justice,” he was reported saying.

The grieving family had earlier received visits from Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, Lembah Pantai Umno division chief Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Meanwhile, police said no arrests have been made yet in connection to the incident.

 The New Straits Times also reported that throwing rubbish and unwanted items from the higher floors of Block 102 at Seri Pantai People’s Housing Project (PPR) seems to be a common occurrence.

Among items that residents had seen ‘flying’ down from the upper levels of the block were televisions, bedframe, tins, bottles, garbage and many other items.

The victim’s grandfather Krishnan Raman who lives on the 21st floor said he had seen the office chair that killed his grandson on that floor prior to the incident.

“Upon returning I saw a huge crowd at the ground floor area. I thought there was a fight. But it was my grandson lying unconscious with the same chair I saw earlier on top of him.

“I have lived here for more than 15 years, and I too have almost got hit when residents throw items out of their window.

“Just two weeks ago, someone threw a rubbish bin and I was lucky because I quickly ran towards the covered walkway,” the 76-year-old was quoted saying.

According to resident Thamara Veni Sethu, 57, who has been living there for 18 years, when police cordoned the area yesterday people were still throwing glass bottles from the upper level.

“They don’t respect the police, what more their neighbours,” she reportedly said.

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The ground level of the block houses a community kindergarten and the thrown items had caused injuries to children there.

“My daughter was injured when they threw glass bottles which broke and the shattered glass cut her legs,” Thamara was quoted saying.

She also recalled an incident where a youth received 18 stitches on his head after he was hit by a board with nails.

Sundry shop owner Naimah Sarkowi, 59, claimed she had to replace her shop’s awnings twice as it had broken due to falling items.

Reportedly, residents in PPR Kerinchi could relate to the situation at PPR Seri Pantai as the residents there also toss sofa, kitchen waste and other rubbish from their flats.

Its resident association chairman Abdul Rahim Ahmad said once a resident threw a sofa and it broke the gazebo at the ground level.

“It was horrible. A person was hit and he received few stitches on his head.

“During our meetings, we urge the city hall to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) to warn the litterbugs.

“Frequent enforcement from the authorities is also needed to address the issue,” he was quoted saying.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) plans to install nettings at the PPR to reduce the risk of accidents from people throwing items from the upper floors.

DBKL housing management and community development director Wan Mohammad Ghazali Nor said the plan would be implemented soon, with PPR areas identified as “black areas” to be given attention first.

At the moment, there are 72 PPRs in the city, with 13 of them identified as ‘black areas’.

What happened (yesterday) involved security aspects. Hence, we will be installing nettings either at the lower or upper floor of the block to shield passers-by from being hit by objects thrown from the upper floors,” he was quoted saying.

He added that strict action, including sealing the PPR units, would be taken against residents who were found to be throwing items from the upper floors.

He revealed that DBKL had previously issued notices to all PPR units on the matter but no one took heed.

Earlier report: Jan 16, Student Killed by Chair Thrown from Flat