An elderly man was killed when a Facebook argument between some girls led to a violent attack in George Town on Monday Aug 22.
In the 11pm incident, cleaner Panjavarnam Perumal, 56, died after he was attacked by some six helmet-wielding girls, aged between 15 and 20, at Jalan Kurau flats in Jelutong.
Earlier the girls had gone to flats and confronted a 15-year-old schoolgirl, who had allegedly written certain disparaging remarks about them on Facebook.
They had allegedly abused the schoolgirl with profanities and demanded an apology.
The schoolgirl mother, A. Rajeswari, 34, and her uncle Panjavarnam tried to smooth talk to the girls to settle the matter.
Rajeswari, who was also injured in the attack, claimed that two men also turned up during the argument and threatened her family.
But, she said the men were not involved in the attack.
Rajeswari said she and her uncle had told the girls that their hostile noisy behaviour was undesirable and disturbing others in the neighbourhood.
But the agitated girls attacked Rajeswari and Panjavarnam with helmets as the duo were walking away.
Rajeswari lost consciousness and only could recover in an ambulance.
She had been discharged from the Penang Hospital after receiving treatment for bruises on her head and body.
Panjavarnam died on the way to the hospital and a post-mortem showed that he died of a heart attack.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed that a Facebook argument led to the attack and the deceased was beaten up, kicked and stepped on as he had tried to stop appease the aggressive girls.
Police have detained and remanded three girls and a man, aged between 15 and 23, for six days pending investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.