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Members of the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) at the George Town Court Complex, Penang today. Pix by Danial Saad
Inquest proceedings into M. Vasanthapiriya’s death, following her suicide attempt after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone, have been fixed for May 24 and 25. Pix by Danial Saad

GEORGE TOWN: Inquest proceedings into M. Vasanthapiriya’s death, following her suicide attempt after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone, have been fixed for May 24 and 25.

Coroner Norsalha Hamzah fixed the dates when the case was mentioned at the coroner’s court this morning.

Inquest officer J. G. Kaameni said today was fixed for mention to determine the trial dates for the inquest proceedings.

Speaking to newsmen later, V. Partipan, who is holding a watching brief for the teacher in question and the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP), said he had applied to the court for all documents which will be used as part of the inquest.

“The request was made under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code,” he added.

He said the length of the hearing will depend upon the number of witnesses to be called.

Neither the teacher nor Vasanthapiriya’s family members was present during today’s proceedings.

It was reported that the Form Two student of SMK Methodist Nibong Tebal had died in hospital following an attempt to hang herself, after she was accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone in January.

She had vehemently denied the accusation and penned a note proclaiming her innocence.

She hanged herself in her home and was found by her father, who rushed the unconscious girl to the Seberang Jaya Hospital. She died on Feb 1.

Vasanthapiriya’s death sparked a huge outcry, with her family, relatives and the public demanding that justice be served.

The teacher, who was subsequently posted to a desk job at the district education office, lodged a police report after receiving death threats.

Police have opened three investigation papers on Vasanthapiriya’s case – one on attempted suicide, a sudden death report, and a police report by the 14-year-old girl’s uncle.

Last month, the Attorney General gave the green light to hold an inquest into Vasanthapiriya’s death.

State police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan had said that at least 30 witnesses would be called upon to testify.

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