KUALA LUMPUR: Five university students were charged at the Magistrate's Court here today with the murder of Malaysia National Defence University (UPNM) naval cadet Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain.

Another student was charged with abetting the five.

Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi Azmal, 21; Muhammad Azamuddin Mad Sofi, 20; Muhammad Najib Mohd Razi, 21; Muhammad Afif Najmudin Azahat, 21; and Mohamad Shobirin Sabri were jointly charged with committing the offence at Room 04-10, Lodging Block, Jebat Hostel, UPNM, Kem Perdana, in Sungai Besi, between 4.45am and 5.45am on May 22.

Abdoul Hakeem Mohd Ali, 20, was charged with abetting the five in the murder of the naval cadet.

They were charged under Section 302 and 109 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction while

However, no plea was recorded.

Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin fixed Aug 14 for case mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Nordin Ismail acted for the prosecution.

Zulfarhan, 21, a third year student, died on June 1 at 9pm at the Serdang Hospital, allegedly due to bullying.

According to reports, Zulfarhan was brought to the hospital with severe injuries, including burns on his body, believed to be from having a steam iron pressed onto his chest, hands and feet.

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(File pix) Memories photo of the late Zulfarhan Zulkarnain Osman. Five university students were charged at the Magistrate's Court here today with the murder of Malaysia National Defence University (UPNM) naval cadet Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain. (pix courtesy Zulfarhan family)