Cops to probe sexual assault in lockup claim by accused in Cradle Fund CEO murder

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

BUTTERWORTH: Police will probe an assault claim by a 16-year-old currently in detention while awaiting the murder trial of the late Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said while he was not fully briefed on the matter, he had ordered the Kuala Lumpur police to investigate the claim made by the boy’s lawyers immediately.

Earlier today, defence counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik and Salim Bashir told the Shah Alam High Court that one of the two brothers, who claimed trial to the murder of their stepfather, was allegedly assaulted sexually and physically while in detention.

The lawyers then applied for bail. They also asked that the teenager detainee be placed in the same lockup as his 13-year-old brother for the time being while the bail application is processed.

It is learnt that the 16-year-old is at the Sentul lockup in Kuala Lumpur while the other is at a facility in Puncak Alam, Selangor.

The provisions in the Criminal Procedure Code forbid bail for murder offences, but the courts have allowed bail in special circumstances before.

Deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin said the prosecution would speak to the prison warden on the alleged assault, adding that a police report should be lodged.