Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Cop charged over Casanova escape

A senior woman police officer has been charged in a magistrate’s court here over the escape of the Casanova, accused of cheating women of their valuables and money.

ASP L. Chandkumary, 56, from Bedong, Kedah, claimed trial yesterday to intentionally releasing K.K. Prabaharan, 45, who was in her custody at 1.50pm on Oct 9 at the George Town court complex here.

The offence under Section 225A (1)(a) of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail term of three years or a fine or both.

She also claimed trial to lodging a false police report at 8.05pm on Oct 9 at the Jalan Patani police station, claiming that the suspect had disappeared when she was writing down remarks on the case at her office, while waiting for the case to be mentioned in court.

She was alleged to have included in the report that she and several police officers went in search of the suspect in the court’s vicinity, Little India, Padang Kota Lama and Jalan Penang but to no avail.

The offence under Section 182 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to six months or a fine of up to RM2,000, or both.

It was reported that on Oct 9, Prabaharan, a computer technician, escaped and fled on foot after arriving at the courthouse here under police escort from Cameron Highlands.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Faisal Md Noor asked for bail to be set at RM10,000 to ensure her presence in court.

Counsel R.S.N. Rayer pleaded for a lower amount, saying that she was present in court even though she was not under police remand.

Another counsel V. Parthiban also requested the court to produce an order to prevent the case and accused’s name from being published in the media, as she is a police officer with 32 years’ of service

Magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azahar rejected the request and set bail at RM7,000 with one surety and fixed Nov 25 for mention.

Bail was not posted at press time.


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