Penang High Court awards RM184k to Family of Cheah Chin Lee, dead in Penang police lock-up…

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On Aug 13 last year, Cheah Chin Lee, a furniture shop assistant, was taken into police custody for allegedly trying to steal a motorcycle at 12.30am.

He was detained at the Tanjung Tokong police station and taken to the Patani Road police station for a urine test before he was brought back to the Tanjung Tokong station at 5am.

However, he was found dead some 20 minutes later in the lockup.

Lim Guan Eng, “Cheah was only 20 minutes in the lock-up and he was found hanging from the window grills in his detention garments. The grills are quite highly placed. I know because I have been in a cell before.”
Malaysia Kini

Custodial death: Court awards family RM184k

Susan Loone
(Updated )

The High Court in Penang today awarded the family of death in police custody victim Cheah Chin Lee RM184,000 in a negligence suit filed against the government.

The defendants in the case were the federal government, then inspector-general of police Ismail Omar, then Rela director-general Mustafa Ibrahim, 14 Rela members and the policemen who were on duty when Chin Lee was in custody at the Tanjung Tokong police station lock-up.

Cheah’s mother Lim Gaik Suan, 71, and sister Cheah Saw Imm, 51, were awarded the amount, with a five percent interest from the date of filing the suit on Aug 18, 2015.

In his judgment, judicial commissioner Abdul Wahab Mohamed said the defendants were liable for Chin Lee’s death in the lock-up.

“The police should ensure the safety of detainees during custody from the time of arrest,” he added.

Lim and Saw Imm were awarded RM114,000 in dependency claim, RM20,000 in exemplary damages, RM15,000 as funeral expenses and RM35,000 as court proceeding fee.

Cheah’s family was represented by Kuala Lumpur-based human rights lawyer M Visvanathan and Chan Yen Hui, while senior federal counsel Rahazlan Affandi Abdul Rahim acted for the defendants.
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Malaysiakini

3:00PM Mar 12, 2014

‘Baffled’ over Cheah Chin Lee custodial death case

The family of deceased Cheah Chin Lee and their lawyer were today allowed to visit to the lock-up of the the Tanjung Tokong police station, where he was detained before he died in custody last August.

However, they came out baffled and had more questions instead of answers surrounding Cheah’s death.

The police claimed that one of the books, which is pertinent to the activities of detainees in the lock-up, was missing due to a recent fire incident at the station, said lawyer V Visvanathan.

Several items, including the detainees’ registry (Buku Daftar), they said, were “conveniently missing”.

That book is very, very important in actually determining how many suspects were in lock-ups Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9,” Visvanathan said when met outside the police station.

“Now they don’t know who were in cells 5 to 8. They only know Cheah was in No 9,” he added.


Visvanathan said the police gave him a list of names of the detainees, but, “conveniently, they are foreigners and cannot be traced now”.

Visvanathan said the police gave him a list of names of the detainees, but, “conveniently, they are foreigners and cannot be traced now”.

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Hanged detainee not hurt in arrest, inquest told: GEORGE TOWN, Oct 7 ― Furniture shop assistant Cheah Chin Lee

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Star

Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 7:27:54 PM

Alcohol, drug traces found in blood of suspect who died in custody

GEORGE TOWN: The Coroner’s Court holding the inquest into the death of Cheah Chin Lee in police custody here was told that he had traces of alcohol and drugs in his blood.

Chemist Doreen Chandra from Chemist Department of Malaysia (Penang branch) said blood specimen analysis had indicated an ethylalcohol content of 74mgmiligram/100mlmililitre of blood as well as 1.2mcgmicrogram diazepam/mlmililitre of blood and 0.6mcgmicrogram nordiazepam/mlmililitre of blood.

“I found the presence of alcohol in the specimen when I conducted the analysis on Sept 12 last year while the drugs were found in the specimen on Sept 19 last year,” she said on Tuesday.

She also told the court that the levels of drugs found was at a treatment level and does not give any poisoning effects.

Earlier, chemist Mawarni Abdul Rahmanfrom Chemist Department of Malaysia (Penang branch) said there was presence of DNA found on the clothes used by Cheah but it was not sufficient to make up for a DNA profile.

“Early examination showed no blood stains or semen pn the clothes,” she said when cross-examined by counsel M. Visvanathan who is holding a watching brief for Cheah’s family.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/03/Court-Man-Dies-in-Custody.aspx

22 March (Friday) set as next date for the inquest of Cheah’s death. Penang Magistrate Court at 9am.

Cheah Chin Lee was found dead in Tanjung Tokong police station on the 13 Aug 2012. On the 18th of Feb, the first day of the inquest into the cause of death under police custody, family lawyer, Visvanathan has not been provided any documents prior to the trial.

DPP had also questioned the lawyer who does he represent and arguing that there is no need to provide documents earlier.

22 March (Friday) set as next date for the inquest of Cheah’s death. Penang Magistrate Court at 9am.

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Malaysiakini

March 8 hearing ahead of inquest into custodial death
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The magistrate’s court in Penang has fixed March 8 to decide on preliminary issues relating to the inquest into the death-in-custody of Cheah Chin Lee.

Magistrate Siti Salwa Ja’afar set the date this morning, according to M Visvanathan, who is representing Cheah’s family.

Visvanathan  also filed an application under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code for a copy of all documents that the police have in hand.

“However, the (prosecution) said it needs time to refer this to their bosses,” Visvanathan told reporters outside the court this morning.

The documents include the toxicology and pathologist’s reports, and the CCTV enhancement footage of the Tanjung Tokong police station lock-up where Cheah was found dead.

March 8 hearing ahead of inquest into custodial death

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Malaysiakini

Custodial death: Family questions police inaction
  • Susan Loone
  • 5:24PM Sep 12, 2012

The family of furniture shop worker Cheah Chin Lee who died in police custody in Tanjung Tokong last month is unhappy that until today, police have yet to furnish them with answers as to how the deceased died.

The family is now considering legal action against the police in order to get to the bottom of the case, which has caused much distress to them as the 36-year old Cheah was the only son of his parents, who has four other daughters.

Speaking at a press conference in Komtar today, the deceased’s aunt Leanne Cheah  said that so far the family has been told contradicting tales about her nephew’s death last Aug 13.

She added that the famly has lodged two police reports on the case, and will lodge another today for the “inconsistencies” the family has been told over Cheah’s death after spending only 20 minutes in a police lock-up.

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Custodial death: Family questions police inaction

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Malaysiakini

Even police stations are not immune to crime
10:35AM Aug 16, 2012

YOURSAY ‘This is Kugan II. Also a suspected car thief. Also died within hours of detention. ‘Aspyxhia due to hanging’ is like ‘died of water in the lungs’.’

Man dies in lock-up five hours after arrest

your sayAnonymous #07443216: OCPD Gan Kong Meng, you had better come out with the truth regarding Cheah Chin Lee’s sudden death. Don’t give us the stereotype reasons for Cheah’s death or you may spark a public backlash.

PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) is known for such deaths in custody, if you don’t find the culprit responsible for Cheah’s death, then you have to face the wrath of the Penangnites.

Odin: The late Cheah was taken to Jalan Patani police headquarters for a urine test until 2am. He was then taken back to Tanjong Tokong police station at about 5am and was found dead 20 minutes later.

Questions: Why did it take some three hours to travel from Jalan Patani police HQ to Tanjong Tokong police station? How far apart are they? If he did indeed hang himself, something that had happened at the Jalan Patani police HQ must have driven him to it. What was it?

How did he hang himself? With his belt? Trousers? Shirt? Underwear? And from where did he hang himself?

ABU Member: This is unacceptable. The statistics on ‘death in custody’ is piling up yet we do not see any concrete moves by the government or the police to arrest this issue.

The reason given (suicide by the forensic department as alleged by a relative) came so quick that they must have been working overtime on the explanation.

Definitely a second opinion is needed to verify the first. My heart goes to the family of the deceased.

Hang Tuah PJ: I automatically was expecting the dead person to be an Indian Malaysian.

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Blogger: Even the police are not immune to crime

The Star

  • 16 Aug 2012
  • The Star Malaysia
  • Compiled by TAN SIN CHOW, P. ARUNA and A. RAMAN

The daily (China Press) also reported that a 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped by five men, including four believed to be policemen, in Seremban.

She lodged a police report on Saturday, some five days after the incident which happened at one of the policemen’s house.

It is learnt that the victim only decided to lodge a report after her relationship with them turned sour.

According to the daily, the victim had just befriended one of them for only two days before she had sex with them.

Police have since detained the suspects, aged between 20 and 28, to facilitate investigation.

Online friend turns fiend

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Sundaily

Police to probe into detainee’s death

Posted on 15 August 2012 – 08:55pm
Last updated on 15 August 2012 – 09:59pm

GEORGE TOWN (Aug 15, 2012): Police will form a task force to investigate the death of 36-year-old Cheah Chin Lee at the Tanjung Tokong police lock-up earlier this week.

Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the case would be investigated thoroughly to ascertain what actually happened.

“We will investigate from all angles to probe the cause of his death,” he said when contacted today.

The formation of the task force comes after Cheah was found hanged in the cell at about 5.30am on Monday. The storekeeper was brought to the police station at 1.30am on the same day to assist with investigations into a motorcycle theft case.
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Meanwhile, at a press conference in Komtar today, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he would try to arrange for Cheah’s family members to meet with the state’s senior police officers on the issue.

Cheah’s family has asked the police to be extremely transparent in their investigations into this matter.

The 45-year-old training manager was joined by Cheah’s two other brothers-in-law, company director Se Teik Leong, 52, and company general manager Yong Yeok Hoong, 42, at the press conference.

Police to probe into detainee’s death

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Malaysiakini

Something ‘fishy’ about death in lock-up, says CM
  • Susan Loone
  • 5:52PM Aug 15, 2012

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today met with family members of the 36-year-old man who died after just 20 minutes in a lock-up in Tanjong Tokong police station two days ago.

Lim said this was the first time since 2008 such an incident has happened and the state government viewed it seriously.

He urged the police to look into the matter and leave no stones unturned, saying the family of furniture shop worker Cheah Chin Lee wants the matter to be investigated thoroughly.

He added the state would arrange a meeting with senior members of the police force to get to the bottom of the incident as he smells something “fishy” in how Cheah was found dead.

“Cheah was only 20 minutes in the lock-up and he was found hanging from the window grills in his detention garments. The grills are quite highly placed. I know because I have been in a cell before,” Lim said.

“We also want to see the truth behind this case and hope that appropriate action be taken on those responsible for Cheah’s death,” stressed Lim, who is also DAP’s secretary general, at a press conference today.

Something ‘fishy’ about death in lock-up, says CM

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Cheah Chin Lee, 36, was brought back to Tanjong Tokong (police station) at about 5am and was found dead 20 MINUTES LATER!

Free Malaysia Today

Family wants probe into lockup death

Athi Shankar | August 15, 2012

The family members of a man who was found hanged in a police lockup say his death was ‘suspicious’.

GEORGE TOWN: Family members of a detainee found hanged in a police lockup here on Monday morning want a probe into his death.

The family members say Cheah Chin Lee, 36, sudden death is “suspicious”.

Cheah’s uncle, Cheah Ewe Yeoh, has lodged a report in Jalan Patani police station at 5pm yesterday, urging the police to immediately probe into his nephew’s “suspicious” death.

In the report, Ewe Yeoh insisted that Cheah was a person with “a stable job, without any financial, health or emotional problem”.

He said Cheah’s family cannot accept the post-mortem report that suggested Cheah’s death was caused by “asphyxia due to hanging”.

The post-mortem was conducted at Penang Hospital yesterday morning.

Cheah was found hanged by a policeman in Tanjung Tokong police station lock-up at 5.20am.
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Family wants probe into lockup death

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Malaysiakini

Man dies in lock-up five hours after arrest
  • Susan Loone
  • 7:17PM Aug 14, 2012

A 36-year-old man died in police custody yesterday morning, much to the shock of his family, who lodged a report over his death in Jalan Pattani Northeast police headquarters, Penang, today.

The man’s brother-in-law Looi Chooi Aik said the family met with one Inspector Azmin in the Tanjong Tokong police station at about 11am this morning and was told that Cheah Chin Lee had died.

Cheah, who works at a furniture shop, was as arrested at about 12am early yesterday morning and was brought to the Jalan Pattani police headquarters for a urine test until 2am, Looi claimed.

It is believed that Cheah was arrested for suspicions of car theft involvement.

“According to this Inspector Azmin, Cheah was brought back to Tanjong Tokong (police station) at about 5am and was found dead 20 minutes later,” Looi, 45, told reporters outside the police headquarters.

Looi, who is a training manager, said he lodged the report to urge police to carry out a thorough probe into the death of his brother-in-law.

He added that as a member of Cheah’s family, he cannot accept the result of the post-mortem report that says the latter died of “asphyxia due to hanging”.

“We cannot accept the report. We want police to be responsible for his death.

“I cannot accept the police’s explanation that Cheah died from suicide because there is no proof,” Looi said.

Looi said there was no reason for Cheah to commit suicide as he had a “permanent job and was emotionally stable”.

He urged the police to provide the family with a CCTV recording of the incident and expressed shock that “a man detained could have committed suicide in five hours”.

Man dies in lock-up five hours after arrest

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