Former cop in Kugan abuse case jailed

Former cop in Kugan abuse case jailed

PUTRAJAYA - A former police constable will serve three years in prison after his final appeal against conviction for causing hurt to a detainee was dismissed.

Court of Appeal president Justice Md Raus Sharif said the court did not find any appealable error by the High Court to disturb the Sessions Court decision to convict V. Navindran, 35, on two alternative charges of causing hurt to A. Kugan, a suspect in a luxury car theft.

"We see no reason to disturb the jail sentences passed against him. We are of the view, on the circumstances of the case, that the sentence imposed by the Sessions Court was not manifestly excessive," said the judge yesterday.

Justice Md Raus sat with Justices Balia Yusof Wahi and Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer to decide on Navindran's appeal against conviction and sentence for the offences against Kugan six years ago.

DPP Lailawati Ali and Azlina Rasdi appeared for the prosecution.

Navindran appeared calm as police led him to the court lock-up following the ruling.

His counsel S. Ramesh said Navindran had expressed remorse over Kugan's death and said it should not have happened and hoped such an incident would never happen again.

"Navindran is also aggrieved that he was the only one who went down for the crime. During the trial, 12 other officers' names were mentioned in relation to injuries caused to Kugan," he said.

In 2009, Navindran claimed trial to causing hurt to Kugan at the interrogation room of the Taipan police station in USJ, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 4pm on Jan 16, 2009.

Kugan, 23, from Puchong, was arrested on Jan 14, 2009, to help in investigations into a luxury car theft syndicate.

He died in police custody.

On June 11, 2012, the Shah Alam Sessions Court found Navindran guilty of two counts of causing hurt to Kugan and sentenced him to three years in jail for each count, to run concurrently.

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