Family dissatisfied with probe into father’s death


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Dec 2003

BY CHRISTINA KOH

IPOH: Family members of retired lorry driver M. Letchumenan, who was found dead in a nursery at Jalan Silibin, are dissatisfied with police investigations into their father’s death. 

Letchumenan’s son Ananth Kumar said he had yet to receive police feedback on their investigation since his father was found dead in a jasmine flower nursery on Dec 10 at about 6pm. 

Ananth Kumar and his elder brother Sivakumar, who are both printing press operators, claimed that the police had released three suspects on bail because one of them was the son of a former police inspector. 

“There was no reason for anyone to kill him but we think robbery might have been the motive because his gold chain, ring and wallet containing RM80 and personal documents were missing,” said the 32-year-old Ananth Kumar. 

He claimed that police later told the family they had detained three suspects and were led to believe that the case was solved. 

However on Dec 21, the investigating officer told the family that the suspects were released on bail, he said. 

“All we want is justice and we have co-operated fully with the police,” said Sivakumar. 

Ipoh CID chief Deputy Supt Mazlan Mansor said the police would not protect anyone from the law. 

He added that the suspects were only released on bail and assured the family that police would pursue the investigation thoroughly. 

“Even when released on police bail, any suspects can still be charged in court once enough evidence has been brought against them,” he added.  

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