Cops to investigate two policemen for alleged negligence after suspect falls to death

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  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

GEORGE TOWN: Police are investigating two policemen who were on duty for negligence, after a convicted suspect jumped to his death at the Penang Court Complex.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the case will be investigated thoroughly to find out what had happened during the 11.35am incident on Monday (Aug 10).

"We will be investigating the police personnel involved in the incident," he said during a press conference at the Penang police headquarters.

Comm Sahabudin said that the 30-year-old deceased suspect had been convicted under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt and was sentenced to three months' jail and fined RM2,000.

He said the deceased, during court proceedings, had asked for police permission to go to the toilet.

"While he was going to the toilet, he was escorted by the two policemen. The deceased, who was still in his handcuffs, tried to escape from a window in the toilet.

"One of the police escort tried to stop him, but in the process suffered injuries to his left hand and right fingers," he said, adding that there was no CCTV in the area.

Comm Sahabudin said after breaking free from the policemen, the deceased then jumped to his death from the window.

Comm Sahabudin said the post mortem conducted at Penang Hospital had revealed that the deceased died due to head injuries.

He added that the post mortem also found no criminal element on the deceased.

Comm Sahabudin said the two policemen, who are still on duty, will be investigated under Section 223 of the Penal Code for negligence by a public servant and allowing a person to escape detention and facilitate or enable any act of violence.

He said the death of the convicted suspect will also be investigated under a sudden death report (SDR).

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