Court: No criminal elements

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  • Friday, 12 Aug 2005

SITIAWAN: An inquest has ruled out criminal elements in the death of a marketing executive while in the custody of the Manjung district police two years ago. 

Magistrate T. Sunita Kaur Jessy, who conducted the inquest, also found no presence of violence or police brutality that could have caused 22-year-old L. Yogesrao’s death as alleged by his family. 

She ruled that he had died of natural causes based on the testimony by Dr Quah Perng Fei who had conducted the post mortem at the Seri Manjung Hospital. 

Yogesrao died a day after he had been placed in a lock-up on Dec 10, 2003, for an alleged drug possession. 

His family had lodged a report claiming that police brutality had caused his death. 

Yogesrao’s mother, E. Suloshana, was seen weeping soon after Sunita Kaur Jessy handed down her judgment. 

Outside the court later, Suloshana said she was not happy with the findings. 

“I don’t agree that there was no violence committed by the police against my son. 

“He was in perfect health when the police arrested him on Dec 10, but when I received his body from the police the following day, I could detect bruises all over him, including his face,” said Suloshana, who was accompanied by her 28-year-old son Poobalan. 

Poobalan said his family planned to file an appeal against the inquest findings. 

“We are also contem- plating filing a civil suit,” he added. 

He said Suloshana had been deeply affected by the death of his younger brother, the sixth of seven siblings. 

“She has not stopped crying whenever she looks at Yogesrao’s photographs since his death two years ago,” he said.  

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