Man remanded over death of constable

GEORGE TOWN: A 35-year-old man has been remanded for seven days to assist in the investigation into the death of a police constable who was killed on duty on Saturday.

The man was produced at the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday, 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.

Constable Muhammad Iqbal Mazlan from the Dato Keramat police station 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 a man riding a motorcycle in a suspicious manner.

He said when ordered to stop, the man sped off and rode in a dangerous manner, including riding in zig-zag to avoid capture.

“The three policemen gave chase until Jalan Utama. It was here that the man sideswiped Muhammad Iqbal’s motorcycle, causing him to skid, fall and hit his head on the pavement.

“He died at the scene, ” he said, adding that other policemen managed to apprehend the man.

ACP Soffian said urine tests conducted on the man came back positive for three types of drugs – methamphetamine, amphetamine and ganja.

“Further checks showed the man had six drug-related records and five criminal records, ” he said.

ACP Soffian added that the state police’s forensic unit at the scene found a packet of drugs, believed to be syabu, weighing 22g.

“We are investigating if the drugs belong to the man, ” he said.

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

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