MUAR: Seven men, including a policeman, were sentenced to six years’ jail each by the High Court here yesterday in connection with the death of a detainee in the Batu Pahat police lockup.
The seven, aged between 27 and 47, who had their charges amended from Section 302 of the Penal Code to Section 304 on Tuesday, pleaded guilty when brought before Justice Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha.
Abdul Aziz Jafri, Abd Rahman Mohamad, Shamsudin Ibrahim, Sham Akmal Rizal Abdul Samad, Jaafar Ahmad and Azizullah Fazlemuala, who were also detainees then, were accused of causing the death of K. Kanan, 44, on Feb 28 last year.
L/Kpl Azmi Harun, who had transferred Kanan from Cell F to Cell C in the lockup and did not act when he was abused, was charged with abetment.
Except for Sham Akmal Rizal, who was from Kuala Lumpur, the others were from Batu Pahat.
All seven were represented by counsel Rosli Kamaruddin.
In mitigation, Rosli asked the court for lenient sentences, saying that the accused had all pleaded guilty.
However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Haslinda Abdu Abu Bakar asked for deterrent sentences.
Justice Tan ordered their sentences to start from the dates of their arrest between March 4 and March 11 last year.