Published: Friday February 1, 2013 MYT 8:46:00 PM
Police: Temerloh detainee died from gastrointestinal bleeding
TEMERLOH: A 43-year-old, believed to be a drug addict and detained by police on suspicion of being involved in a number of robberies, died while receiving treatment at the Sultan Ahmad Shah hospital here.
District police chief, Acting ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh said Mohd Ropi Yaakob's death has been classified as sudden death.
He said Mohd Ropi who had been detained at the Temerloh police lockup with four other men aged between 23 and 48, since Jan 24, was sent to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties at 4.20pm Thursday.
"He was confirmed dead at 5.50pm Thursday.
“The hospital which conducted the post-mortem on Mohd Ropi said he died of upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to drug misuse," he told reporters here Friday.
He said Temerloh magistrate Najwa Hashim had also inspected the body and found no injury marks or bruises to suggest criminal element or police violence.
The deceased, from Pasir Putih, Kelantan had eight previous criminal records, two of which involved drugs and six for robbery, including a murder attempt, he added. - Bernama