Woman awarded RM184,000 for son’s death in police custody

Source: FMT News

GEORGE TOWN: The High Court here today awarded damages totalling RM149,000 to a woman whose son died while in police custody in 2012, ruling that his death was due to police negligence.

Judge Abdul Wahab Mohamed also ordered all the defendants named in the suit, including the then Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ismail Omar, then People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) director-general Mustafa Ibrahim, and the government to pay costs of RM35,000 to the woman, Lim Gaik Suan, 71, and the victim’s sister, Cheah Saw Imm, 51.

In the judgment, Wahab said Cheah Chin Lee was in the defendants’ custody at that time and it was the responsibility of the defendants to ensure that the victim was not injured.

He also awarded the two plaintiffs – Lim and Saw Imm – RM114,000 in funeral expenses and RM20,000 in exemplary damages. Read more

Injured inmate: Finish probe first, says Ramasamy

Source: FMT News

P Ramasamy - Pic from FMT News

P Ramasamy – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Penang police have jumped the gun by claiming the injuries sustained by prisoner Chandran Muniandy are due to a fall, said P Ramasamy.

The Penang deputy chief minister II said police should complete their investigations first before attempting to explain to the public what they believed had happened to 42-year-old Chandran.

It is for this reason too that Ramasamy refused to accept the “simple and premature” explanation they provided, adding that he would “discuss with his lawyers to make sure the family got the truth”.

“Some things the police said did not make sense,” he told FMT.

“For example, police said that Chandran’s missing toenails were removed because he had a skin disease. But I spoke to his mother and she said he didn’t have any disease.” Read more

Custodial death: Police behaviour ‘reprehensible and unconstitutional’

Source: Aliran

Prema Devaraj wonders how effective efforts have been in halting custodial deaths or bringing about accountability in custodial deaths.

By all accounts, it was an avoidable death. It is just that neither the IO (investigating officer) nor the police personnel bothered to take the necessary steps to send the deceased to hospital. If this is not behaviour which is reprehensible and unconstitutional, then I do not know what is…

Strong words from Justice S Nantha Balan in reference to the negligence of certain police officers in not providing timely medical assistance to Mr P Chandran, which resulted in his death four years ago when he was in the police lock-up in Dang Wangi. Read more