A Yemeni student in Malaysia who chased a snatch thief in his car and knocking him down so hard that it killed him has been remanded for seven days.
On Sunday, the 25-year-old suspected snatch thief had grabbed a sling-bag belonging to the Yemeni student, who was having drinks at a stall in SP2, Serdang Perdana in Seri Kembangan, at about 3.30am.
As the thief fled on his motorcycle, the Yemeni jumped into his Proton Preve and gave chase.
The Yemeni, who is in his 20s, is a student at the Tenaga Nasional University.
He pursued the suspect for about three kilometres before catching up with him at the Pangsapuri One South traffic light junction. The student then rammed his car into the suspect’s motorcycle. The suspect fell off his machine and was killed after suffering serious head injuries.
Megat Mohamad said after a three-kilometre pursuit, the victim caught up with the thief at a traffic light junction near the One South apartments and allegedly crashed into his motorcycle.
The sling-bag was found on the deceased. The bag contained a Malaysia immigration card along with RM2,050 and US$500 in cash.
Asst Comm Megat Mohamad Aminudin Megat Alias reminded the public not to take the law into their own hands as this might endanger themselves and others.
“The public should inform the police of any crime as soon as possible, and we will take the necessary action,” he said.
Police revealed that the snatch theft suspect had records for assault, criminal intimidation, and a drug offence.
The case has been classified as culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the Penal Code.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the university student had gone beyond the limits and rights of self-defence when he crashed into the suspect.
“Citizen’s arrest can be made against such criminals, but should not result in their death.
“But in yesterday case, it was a simple theft case, in my opinion, he had over-reacted,” the Deputy IGP said.
“We will give due consideration in our recommendations to the deputy public prosecutor. We have to be fair to both the deceased and the Yemeni student,” he added.