Court orders further probe into lorry driver’s death

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  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015

SIBU: The Coroner Court here has ordered either the police or the State Attorney General Chamber to further investigate into the death of a lorry driver.

Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbang in his ruling at the close of a 11-day inquiry yesterday said he wanted the investigation be done under the Criminal Procedure Code or any relevant Act.

A total of 10 witnesses had testified in the inquiry which was called by the victim’s family as they wanted to know when, how, after what manner the victim came by his death and also whether any person was criminally concerned with the death of Soo Ching Yii, 27.

The police had classified the case as an accident which happened between 2.20am and 2.45am on Feb 6, 2014 where Soo was sandwiched between his oil tanker and the gate of a factory at Jalan Alan while trying to open the padlock of the gate.

Nizon ruled that another investigation was required as medical report showed that Soo died due to subdural injury at the back of his head caused by a blunt object which resembled a hammer or a similar object in nature.

Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong, who is also the watching brief counsel for the family with lawyer Ben Lau, told reporters later that based on pathologist Dr Jamil Dolkadir’s report, there was a 2.1cm by 0.3cm wound on the victim’s head.

“The injury can be caused by this sample hammer instead of the stone which the police said has caused the victim’s death when he fell onto the ground during the incident,” he said.

He said Dr Jamil had also found there was no injury in the abdominal area of the victim if he was to have been sandwiched between the lorry and the gate.

The other issue he wanted to question was who had allowed unknown two persons who came in a pick-up to drive the lorry into the factory compound after the said incident.

“By right, the investigating officer for the case, Inspector Mohd Idzam Abdul Rahman, should be notified and come to the scene to seal up the area. By not doing that it is tantamount to the fabrication of evidence,” he said.

Yap demanded that Bukit Aman further investigate and uncover the misconduct of the police who were not following the standard operating procedure in earlier probing of the case. – By ANDY CHUA

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