Suspect takes own life in police lock-up

SRI AMAN: A 40-year-old suspect committed suicide by hanging at the Engkili police station.

According to Sarawak Deputy Commisioner of Police Datuk Dev Kumar M.M. Sree, the victim, identified as Tang Soon Yung, was found by Cpl Paulindan Henry around 10.45am last Saturday.

The body was brought to Sri Aman Hospital for further action.

“There was only one officer on duty in the time that the victim was put into lock-up until he was found.

“The Engkili police station only has two cells. There is no sentry room in the lock-up and the distance between the lock-up and the inquiry office is approximately 10 metres, and it is protected,” DCP Dev Kumar said in a statement.

The case is being investigated as sudden death. Investigations are also conducted from a disciplinary standpoint to detect any negligence on the part of the on-duty officers in the station when the victim committed suicide.

Earlier that day at 2am, the victim and a 30-year-old woman, identified as Khu Chin Chin, were arrested for possessing drugs suspected to be syabu weighing 3.03 grammes.

Both were arrested under Section 12(3) of Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

Tang was sent to the Engkilili police station lock-up while Khu was sent to the Lubok Antu police station.