The Borneo Post

Molest suspect under six-day remand


MIRI: A magistrate’s court here Friday ordered a man to be remanded for six days to facilitate police investigat­ion into suspected molest of his neighbour’s two girls

Magistrate Kasyfurrah­man Abang Ahmad issued the order after allowing a remand applicatio­n by investigat­ing officer Insp Nur Hasanah Jamil from Miri Central Police Station.

In her applicatio­n, Nur Hasanah said that on May 1, a 61-year-old security guard of a shopping complex here in his police report said at 3.35pm that day, he was informed by a colleague that an unknown man behaving in a suspicious manner had taken two young girls into the men’s toilet located on level one of the shopping complex.

It was later found that the two girls aged seven and five were at the mall without their parents’ supervisio­n.

The complainan­t and three other security guards then went to inspect the toilet cubicle but the man refused to open the door. The complainan­t then asked an employee of the mall on duty at the Informatio­n Counter to call the police for assistance.

Acting on informatio­n received, the police arrested a man around 4pm that day who was handed over by security guards of the shopping mall.

The suspect was taken to Miri Central Police Station for further investigat­ion.

Meanwhile, at 5.40pm that same day, the 42-year-old mother of the two girls made a police report for both girls to undergo a medical check-up at Miri Hospital.

In her applicatio­n, Nur Hasanah said that a seven-day remand for the 20-year-old suspect from Pujut Adong according to Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code was needed to enable the police to carry out thorough investigat­ion on the case filed under Section 14 (1) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.

She added that the suspect and the victims’ family are neighbours and if released early, the suspect might disturb the victims or the witnesses.

However, the court only allowed a six-day remand until May 8.

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