Deputy IGP: Ye­meni theft vic­tim over­re­acted

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Ye­meni stu­dent who knocked down and killed a snatch thief had over­re­acted af­ter his bag was snatched, said Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

He said the univer­sity stu­dent had gone beyond the lim­its 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 this in­ci­dent... it was a sim­ple theft case, and in my opin­ion, the stu­dent has over­re­acted,” he said yes­ter­day.

Noor Rashid said po­lice had de­tained the stu­dent and the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 304 of the Pe­nal Code for cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der.

“We will give due con­sid­er­a­tion in our rec­om­men­da­tion to the deputy pub­lic prose­cu­tor,” he said.

The Ye­meni has been re­manded for a week till Aug 6 to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

On the day of the in­ci­dent, the stu­dent was re­port­edly eat­ing at a restau­rant in SP2, Ser­dang Per­dana in Seri Kem­ban­gan, when his bag was snatched at 3.30am.

The bag con­tained a wal­let with RM2,050 and US$500 (RM2,100) as well as per­sonal doc­u­ments.

The stu­dent got into his car and pur­sued the thief, who was on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

Af­ter a 3km chase, the stu­dent re­port­edly rammed his car into the mo­tor­cy­cle near a traf­fic light.

The sus­pect, 25, died of head in­juries.

Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim

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