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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Forensic experts to probe death of remand prisoner

PETALING JAYA: The police will rope in forensic experts to investigate the custodial death in Penang involving 40-year-old remand prisoner A. Punniyathan.

Giving his assurance the case would be investigated transparently, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police would carry out a thorough probe with the help of forensic experts.

“We hope the public will not speculate on the matter or spread baseless information that will not benefit anyone. We will get to the truth of the matter,” he said on Twitter yesterday.

Odd job worker Punniyathan was found dead in his cell at the Nibong Tebal police station early Monday. A post-mortem later showed that he died of a lung infection.

He was spotted naked and lying with his face down by a prison officer during a routine patrol at about 6.20am.

The victim, who was to be charged with theft at the Jawi magistrate’s court, had been remanded since Feb 5.

It is believed that the man was screaming hysterically and had stripped naked in his isolation cell on Saturday. He was later sent to the Sungai Bakap Hospital and an injection was given to calm him down before he was brought back to his cell.

Punniyathan is believed to have had a criminal record, district police chief Supt Shafien Mamat told the media, adding that the detainee and an accomplice were caught stealing scrap metal in Sungai Bakap on Feb 5.

He said the case had been classified as sudden death, adding that the police found no foul play in the incident.

Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , nibong tebal , igp


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