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Wednesday September 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 25, 2013 MYT 6:55:52 AM
by royce tan
GEORGE TOWN: The mother of slain policeman Kpl Zal-Azri Abd Somad wants swift punishment against the teenager who allegedly bludgeoned him to death.
“I know the suspect has been caught. I want the punishment to be meted out swiftly — just like how quickly he took my son’s life away.
“I want a punishment that is far worse than what he did to my son,” 54-year-old Zaiton Ismail told state deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan when he visited her house here yesterday.
The 31-year-old policeman was killed during a five-man operation against motorcycle thefts and robberies at the Cheng Technology and Industrial Park in Malacca on Monday.
He had given chase after the teenager, a 17-year-old, fled during the rounding-up of suspects, and was later found dead in a pool of blood, believed to have been bludgeoned with a brick.
The unemployed suspect was later recaptured high on drugs.
Meanwhile, the hearse bearing Kpl Zal-Azri’s body arrived at his parents’ house in Tingkat Sungai Gelugor at 1.30am yesterday before it was brought to Masjid At-Taqwa for prayers.
His remains were later buried at the Masjid Jamek Sungai Gelugor cemetery, attended by hundreds of relatives, friends and colleagues.
Also present were state police management department chief Asst Comm Che Hussin Che Omar, state deputy CID chief Asst Comm Nasir Salleh and George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng.
DCP Thaiveegan later handed over contributions to Kpl Zal-Azri’s widow Atiqah Mohd Rosdi, 29.
Kpl Zal-Azri, a member of the Malacca contingent CID, last returned to Penang for Hari Raya and had planned to hold an akikah (thanksgiving) ceremony for his five-month-old son Mohamad Atiqullah next month.
The couple have another son, four-year-old Mohamad Habibullah.
In Shah Alam, AUSTIN CAMOENS reports Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin as saying that police were studying the standard operating procedure (SOP) on the pursuit of suspects.
“What happened is tragic and we will see if any improvement can be made to the SOP so that it does not happen again,” he told reporters after launching the Policewomen’s Seminar 2013.
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