KUALA LUMPUR: A 54-year-old man detained for drug possession was found hanged from a cell's metal pillar at the Cheras police station's lockup.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon (pic) said the body was found at about 12.30pm on Monday (March 8).
"He was found hanged using the detainee's garments.Lockup personnel noticed the body while bringing other detainees from an adjacent cell," he said when contacted on Wednesday (March 10).
The detainee was alone in his cell as his cell mates had been brought to the Kuala Lumpur court complex, he added.
"The detainee was detained on March 4 for drug possession.He also tested positive for methamphetamine and was remanded until March 10," he said.
ACP Mohamed Mokhsein said the detainee was a taxi driver with four previous criminal records.
"The coroner and pathologists have gone to the lockup on Monday to investigate the incident.The post-mortem is being conducted at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Mukhriz," he said.
ACP Mohamed Mokhsein said the case had been classified as a sudden death.
"Officers from the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department are investigating the lockup personnel," he said.