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Wrong inmate walks free after lockup muddle

 | October 13, 2017

The inmate who was released was supposed to serve a six-month jail sentence, report says.

police-handcuff-segamat-1PETALING JAYA: The wrong inmate was released from a lockup in Johor yesterday in the second case involving the Segamat police to make headlines this week.

According to theSun daily, a constable and a corporal had been on duty at the lockup when they received a bail notice for one of the inmates.

The report said one of the supervisors had called out the inmate’s name but received no response, prompting him to repeat the name several times.

“Moments later, an inmate from one of the lockup cells responded to the call. The inmate was then released,” a source told the daily.

However, the supervisor later discovered that he had mistakenly released another inmate while the inmate who was meant to be freed was still in his cell.

The report said it is unknown whether the mistake was due to negligence or more sinister reasons.

The source added that all efforts are being made to secure the arrest of the freed inmate, who was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment earlier this week.

He has been identified as Azrulnizam Arif, 39. He was reportedly wearing an orange T-shirt and purple shorts at the time of his release.

According to theSun, the case is being investigated under Section 223 and 224 of the Penal Code for fleeing from police custody.

In the other incident which made headlines this week, a policeman from the Segamat patrol unit was photographed allegedly flirting with a woman said to be a prostitute while on duty.

The photo went viral on social media, while the policeman in question was reportedly removed from the unit pending an investigation.

On Sunday, meanwhile, a video of seven policemen in Muar at an illegal gambling centre there also went viral.

Bernama said they have since been transferred to the state police headquarters pending a probe into the alleged incident.


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