Cop killed by bandits in Lahad Datu
Published on: Saturday, December 08, 1962
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North Borneo News And Sabah Times (Jesselton, Saturday, 8th December 1962) - LAHAD DATU, Fri. – At least one policeman was killed yesterday morning when bandits suddenly attacked a police launch on patrol off the East Coast, North-East of Pulau Tunku.

A small force of mobile police carrying out a routine patrol in a police outboard motorboat in the vicinity of Kg. Sabahat, was attached by about 15 armed raiders in a kumpit. 

A police constable was killed in the attack and a police corporal is missing, believed to be either badly wounded or killed. 

A third policeman made his way through the jungle to the Sungei Merah Timber Camp and sent a radio signal to the police at Sandakan and Tawau.

British Army and RAF planes left immediately for the area and kept watch until the arrival of launches with Army and Police patrols.

A police spokeman in Jesselton said today that Senior Inspector Khanizaman, OCPD, Lahad Datu, who received the news at midday yesterday (Thursday), went to the scene in a speedboat with a party of policemen and arrived at 5 pm. 

The Divisional Commander Tawau, Mr S.S Bedlington, who was in Semporna at the time of the attack, and a mobile force from Sandakan in the police launch “Sabahan” also went to the scene.  All are still investigating the crime.

Meanwhile, the body of the dead policeman was flown over to Jesselton this evening by an RAF aircraft at a request of the parents of the late policeman.

The Police Commandant, Mr John Walne, representing the Commissioner of Police was at the airport to receive the body.

A full police honour was accorded to the late policeman and the body taken to the Tanjong Aru Railway Station. Chief Inspector Mohd Yussop accompanied the body to Papar – home town of the dead policeman – where he attended the burial this evening. 

The Chief Inspector represented the Commissioner of Police at the burial.

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