Suspect escapes from police lock-up

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003


MALACCA: A robbery suspect escaped from the lock-up of Rembia police station by running out through the back door yesterday. 

Refusing to disclose how the escape took place, state deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Samsuddin Sulaiman said the escapee was a 32-year-old Indonesian, who was detained on Monday for suspected involvement in a robbery case in Alor Gajah, here. 

SAC Samsuddin added that police were investigating how the suspect escaped at 2pm. 

It is learnt that there was only one police officer in the station when the suspect, who was alone in the lockup, escaped. 

SAC Samsuddin said residents living within a 5km-radius of Rembia police station had been notified and roadblocks had been set up to look for the suspect who was clad only in his underwear when he escaped. 

In an unrelated case, acting CID chief Supt Ariffin Sutan, who also visited the Rembia police station, said the father of a suspected abused 19-year-old factory worker had surrendered at the police headquarters at 6.30pm. 

The father had allegedly chained his daughter’s legs and poured a bowl of hot instant noodle soup on her lap. 

The victim, of Kampung Paya Rumput, Sungai Udang, said her father had blamed her for mixing with the wrong company and waited for her outside the factory to take her home. 

No one in the family dared to lend a helping hand to the victim for fear of the father. 

However, the victim lodged a police report against her father, a van driver in his 40s, after he left for work on Saturday at 5.40pm.  

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