Homeless man dies after suffering spasms in lock-up

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A 48-year-old homeless man, in police custody, died at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZ II) in Kota Bharu on Wednesday, after previously suffering from muscle spasms at the Kota Bharu police station lock-up.

He is believed to have died due to bleeding in the brain while he was receiving treatment at the hospital.

Kelantan deputy police chief SAC Abdullah Mohammed Piah said the man experienced the muscle spasms at about 12.20am earlier the same day.

“The man was later taken to HRPZ II for treatment but was reported to have died at 7.50pm.


“According to the post-mortem, the man had died due to bleeding in the brain with no external injuries. In fact, the initial investigation showed he also suffered from epilepsy,” Abdullah told reporters after inspecting the implementation of enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Kampung Pulau Tukang Dollah, Pengkalan Chepa today.

He said the man, from Kampung Bechah Mulong, Peringat district here, was arrested by police at Jalan Maju near here on June 22 for possessing a dangerous weapon.

“Police arrested the man after receiving complaints from the public and it was reported that he seemed unstable as he was talking to himself. After detaining him and conducting a body search, the police found a knife,” he said.

He also said the man was detained under Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958.

“The man also had a criminal record and had been convicted under Section 6 (1) of the same act and Section 411 of the Penal Code,” he added.