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Death in prison: 8 wardens held
Published on: Friday, October 18, 2019
By: StefyanieMyla Micheal

KOTA KINABALU: Police have detained eight Prison Department wardens, including an officer, to facilitate investigations into the death of an inmate due to head injuries at the Kepayan central prison here.

City Police Chief ACP Habibi Majinji (pic) said a police team from the D9 serious crime unit detained the men Wednesday night after a 36-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at the prison facility on Oct 4.

He said the wardens turned themselves in and were arrested and under police remand.

“Initially, the case was being investigated as sudden death, but when the post-mortem results came out suggesting foul play, we reclassified the case as murder,” he said.

The inmate, who had been in jail for two years for drug offences, was believed to have sustained blunt force injuries to his head.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead not long after.

Habibi said the post-mortem results showed bruises on the prisoner’s body and head, and the cause of death has been confirmed as due to head injuries.

The family of the inmate subsequently filed a police report. 

The prisoner was buried in his hometown of Ranau after the post-mortem was completed.

The wardens are currently under a seven-day remand to facilitate investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, said Habibi, adding that the main suspect has yet to be established.



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