29/06/2005

Teenagers questioned over father-of-four’s death

Police are questioning five teenagers after a father-of-three was beaten to death, allegedly because he refused to give the youths a light for a cigarette.

Forty-three-year-old Mugilan Sutherman, originally from Singapore, but living in Rochdale, was attacked in Failsworth, Oldham in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Police found him collapsed on Oldham Road, suffering from serious injuries. He was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital, where he later died. A post-mortem revealed that he died as the result of a head injury.

Police have arrested three boys, aged 15, 17 and 18 and two girls aged 14 and 15 on suspicion of murder and they are continuing to question to them.

A section of the Rochdale Canal was also searched yesterday as part of the investigation.

Mr Sutherman graduated from Salford University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and was, at the time of his death, working as an independent kitchen fitter.

Mr Sutherman had four sons, aged 3, 11, 13 and 15.

(KMcA)




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