SITIAWAN: A police detective told an inquest that a marketing exe- cutive who died in police custody was not taken to hospital although he was weak after vomiting at his home.
Lans Kpl V.Shanmugam, 41, said despite being weak, L. Yogesrao could still walk and talk when police took him to his home to carry out a search on his bedroom on Dec 10, 2003.
The detective, who is attached with the Manjung district Narcotic De- partment, said he did not see blood in Yogesrao’s vomit except for liquid and food on the toilet floor.
The inquest into the death of Yogesrao while in the custody of the Manjung district police was conducted by magistrate T. Sunita Kaur Jessy. M. Kulasegaran, T. Ellanggovan and J.T. Soosai Raj represented Yogesrao’s family.
To a question by Ellanggovan, L/Kpl Shanmugam said he did not punch Yogesrao’s stomach as alleged by the deceased’s sister Mahaletchemy in her police report.
Earlier, when questioned by Chief Insp Jamalulail Ibrahim, he said his office became chaotic when Yogesrao fainted after vomiting again while in the lock-up at noon on Dec 11, 2003.
He said there was only green liquid spotted in Yogesrao’s vomit on the lock-up floor.
“We were told to take the unconscious Yogesrao to the hospital immediately,” L/Kpl Shanmugam said, adding that Yogesrao died when he went to the hospital in the afternoon.
He said there were no bruises on Yogesrao’s body except for an old wound on his lips.
He said Yogesrao got the wound after he fell face down on the road from his motorcycle while trying to resist police arrest.
“We found a packet of ganja from the pocket of Yogesrao’s pants,” said L/Kpl Shanmugam who was the fourth witness to testify in the inquest which will continue on July 28.