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Court: Four officers may have caused detainee’s death



PUTRAJAYA --- The Court of Appeal has ruled that there is overwhelming circumstantial evidence that four police officers caused the death of detainee N. Dharmendran.

Justice Moktarudin Baki said the prosecution proved a prima facie case and ordered the four to enter their defence before the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Inspector S. Hare Krishnan, 42, was jointly charged with Sjn Jaffri Jaafar, 46; Kpl Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 47; and Kpl Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 34, with murder.

They are accused of causing Dharmendran’s death at the Serious Crimes Division interrogation room at Level 7 of the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in Jalan Hang Tuah between 12.20pm and 2.50pm on May 21, 2013. Dharmendran was detained over the attempted murder case of two people in Cheras.

He complained of chest pains while being locked up and collapsed at around 4.25pm on May 21, 2013.

He was immediately sent to the Hospital Kuala Lumpur, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

During the trial, a forensic report showed that the injuries, which caused his death, were inflicted around three to four days before he died, and inconsistent with the prosecution’s arguments.

This was a factor which led to the four's acquittal at the High Court in 2014.

However, at yesterday’s ruling, Justice Moktarudin noted that Dharmendran had been in custody from May 12 to May 21.

He said the circumstantial evidence overwhelmingly showed that the police officers were responsible for Dharmendran while he was in custody, and that the 52 injuries on his body occurred during that period.

“While the injuries individually might not have caused death, collectively, it could lead to death.”

The three-man panel allowed DPP Farah Edlin Yusof's application to amend the charge to state the alleged offence was committed between May 18 to May 21.

They also addressed a claim by former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah that Dharmendran died due to breathing difficulties.

Justice Moktarudin said forensics showed that the death was due to injury to soft diffused tissue caused by blunt force trauma.

The case was fixed for mention on March 2.

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