Escort Police Tried to but Failed to Prevent Convict from Leaping to Death

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A policeman, escorting a convict who leaped to his death from the fifth floor of the George Town court complex on Monday, had tried to prevent him from jumping but to no avail.

In the 11.35am incident, the 30-year-old convict had just emerged from toilet before being escorted back to the courtroom on the fifth floor.

State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the man, who was handcuffed at the time, then suddenly ran towards the window.

“The escort police tried to stop him and a minor scuffle ensued before the accused leaped from the fifth floor.

“The incident left the escort police with injuries to his left hand and right fingers while trying to prevent the man from jumping,” he said today.

Sahabudin said the case was being investigated as sudden death as post-mortem conducted found no criminal elements.

He, however, said the policeman would be investigated under Section 223 of the Penal Code for negligently allowing the convict to escape from confinement.

Sahabudin said prior to the incident, the convict was brought to court for injuring his neighbour, an offence under Section 325 of the Penal Code which involves voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

He said that the man, with six previous records for crime and drugs, was sentenced to three months’ jail and fined RM2,000 for the latest offence.

It was reported that the man was found dead in one of the alleys of the court complex. – NST

Earlier report: Aug 11, Man Fell to His Death After Conviction