Saturday January 19, 2013
End of the line for runaway man
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH
GEORGE TOWN: A self-employed man was jailed six months by a magistrate’s court for escaping police custody.
M. Kumarasingam (pic), 28, admitted to the offence at the Penang Hospital’s emergency ward.
According to the statement of facts, Kumarasingam, who was being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder after allegedly pushing his former girlfriend from the sixth floor of an apartment, was at the hospital on Aug 4 last year.
A doctor requested then that his handcuffs be removed to facilitate treatment for his bodily injuries.
The curtain had then been closed around the accused.
Later, police found that Kumarasingam was no longer in the room.
In mitigation, Kumarasingam, who was unrepresented, said he ran away as he was afraid. Furthermore, his former girlfriend had accused him of pushing her, he said.
“I wanted to prove that it was not my mistake. I managed to bring her to the authorities to say that I was not the one who pushed her down.
“I have a witness to say that I have not done anything wrong. I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please forgive me,” he said.
It was reported on Wednesday that police had re-arrested Kumarasingam who was on the run for the past five months after allegedly pushing the girl from the sixth floor of the apartment in Batu Uban.
He was nabbed at a restaurant near the Lost World of Tambun in Perak on Monday.
A news report in August last year stated that Kumarasingam allegedly pushed his 19-year-old girlfriend when she wanted to break up with him. The girl landed on a ledge and fractured her left leg and hip.
The man tried to flee but he was caught by the public and beaten up.
Magistrate Norhayati Ibrahim ordered Kumarasingam to be jailed six months from the date of arrest on Jan 14.
DPP Nurakmal Farhan Aziz urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence as a deterrent to Kumarasingam.
Nurakmal also said the offence was serious especially in view of the Jan 7 incident where seven detainees escaped after throwing curry powder to temporarily blind the guards while being taken to the Butterworth court complex.