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by stephanie lee
In safe hands : Asst Comm Rowell Marong handing back Mohd Said to his family at the Ulu Dusun police station in Sandakan.
KOTA KINABALU: A policeman has been detained and sent for psychiatric examination after he allegedly hijacked a vehicle with a child in it in the east coast district of Kunak.
The 33-year-old corporal, who was back home from his attachment at the Negri Sembilan police headquarters narcotics department, was found in the vehicle with five-year-old Mohd Said Maskor in Sandakan, some 100km away from Kunak and two days after the car was taken on Sunday.
Both the man and the boy were also believed to have not eaten since Sunday as they appeared hungry.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the man was arrested on Tuesday some 200m away from the Sandakan police station after policemen noticed the vehicle parked beside the road.
“Some personnel saw the man acting suspiciously inside the parked vehicle with the boy in it and immediately arrested him,” he said, adding that the boy, who was unharmed, had since been reunited with his family.
“The man is believed to be suffering from a mental problem and is now undergoing psychiatric examination.
“Initial investigation found that the policeman had returned to his hometown in Kampung Bagiang in Kunak in September to seek traditional treatment for an illness,” he said.
On Sunday, the policeman had allegedly driven off the car with the boy in the back seat while his family went into a relative’s house in a village in Kunak.
Items stored inside the vehicle, including a laptop, handphone and RM8,000 in cash, were found to be intact.
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