KUALA LUMPUR: Four policemen who were charged with causing the death of N. Dharmendran while in police custody, have been acquitted and discharged by the High Court.
Justice Kamardin Hashim handed down the decision after the prosecution failed to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt against Insp S. Hare Krishnan, 43, Sjn Jaffri Jaafar, 47, Kpl Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 48, and Kpl Mohd Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 35.
The prosecution had called 58 witnesses during the trial, which ran from Feb 17 to 28, 2014, while the defence had called 19 witnesses.
Jaffri, Mohd Nahar and Mohd Haswadi were first charged in the magistrates’ court on June 5, 2013, while Hare Krishnan was charged on July 30.
On Oct 2, all four pleaded not guilty before the High Court to the charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The alleged murder occurred at the Special Investigations Office at the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Headquarters, between May 18 and 4.30pm on May 21, 2013.
Dhamendran was found dead in his cell while in police custody at the D9 Branch lock-up at the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Headquarters (IPK Kuala Lumpur) on May 21.
He had been arrested on May 11 on suspicion of attempted murder involving firearms and held under remand from May 12 until his death.
Based on the post-mortem conducted at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital on May 22, the cause of death was determined to be from “diffused soft tissue injuries due to multiple blunt force trauma”.