Man who allegedly rammed into and killed Penang cop remanded for seven days


GEORGE TOWN: A 35-year-old man has been remanded for seven days over an incident where he allegedly rammed into and killed a policeman here on Saturday (April 17).

The man was produced at the Magistrate's Court here on Sunday (April 18), where court registrar Khalijah Mohd Khalid, acting as magistrate, granted the remand until April 24.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Section 186 of the same code for obstructing a civil servant from carrying out their duty.

The deceased, Constable Muhammad Iqbal Mazlan, was killed in a crash while chasing a motorcyclist at Jalan Utama here at about 1am.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said Muhammad Iqbal and two other policemen were on patrol near Jalan Scotland when they spotted the suspect.

He said the man sped off and rode in a dangerous manner when ordered to stop to avoid capture.

The three policemen chased him until Jalan Utama, where the suspect sideswiped Muhammad Iqbal's motorcycle, causing him to skid, fall and hit his head.

"He died at the scene," he said, adding that other policeman managed to apprehend the man.

ACP Soffian said urine tests conducted on the man were positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and ganja.

He added that further checks showed the suspect had a record for six drug-related and five criminal offences.

ACP Soffian added that the police forensic unit found a packet of drugs weighing 22g at the scene and are investigating if it belongs to the suspect.

Muhammad Iqbal, who was from Besut, Terengganu joined the police force about 18 months ago.

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