NIBONG TEBAL: Closed circuit television (CCTV) footage obtained from SMK Methodist Nibong Tebal showed M. Vasanthapiriya, who committed suicide after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone, had taken the device.
Police sources, who confirmed the matter, refused to comment further for fear that it might jeopardise their investigation.
It was learnt that the teacher had seen the CCTV recording and had spoken to the Form Two girl about the matter, and she vehemently denied taking the handphone.
“We call for calm and for the people to wait for the inquest proceedings,” the sources said.
Closed circuit television (CCTV) footage obtained from SMK Methodist Nibong Tebal showed M. Vasanthapiriya, who committed suicide after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone, had taken the device. — File pic
Prior to this, police had completed three investigation papers in relation to the case and handed them to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s office for further action.
However, the investigation papers were returned to police, seeking further information.
It was reported that the 14-year-old had apparently been summoned by three teachers on Jan 24 and was quizzed over the disappearance of the iPhone of one of the teachers at the school.
Despite her repeated denials, one of the teachers reportedly struck the student for failing to own up to the theft.
The teacher and her husband – who is a teacher from another school – allegedly threatened to lodge a police report. The girl, however, maintained her innocence.
Both teachers sent her home after school and told her father, R. Muniandy, about what had happened. However Vasanthapiriya was adamant that she did not do it.
The girl tried to hang herself at home the same night.
She was found unconscious but alive by Muniandy, who rushed her to hospital. She died on Feb 1 without regaining consciousness at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.