Sri Lankan beaten to death over alleged break-in

Sri Lankan beaten to death over alleged break-in
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SHAH ALAM - A Sri Lankan was beaten to death after he was caught trying to break into an apartment in Kota Kemuning.

Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Shafien Mamat said the incident occurred at around 3am on Sunday.

"The man tried to pick the lock of an apartment on the second floor not knowing that it was occupied at the time.

"The owner heard noises and opened the door and came face to face with the suspect," he said at the Shah Alam police headquarters yesterday.

He said the owner chased the man down the staircase but gave up shortly after.

"Bystanders continued the chase and caught the man and they are believed to have beaten him up.

"When police arrived, the man was lying on the ground and an ambulance took him to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital," he said, adding that the 25-year-old man died on the way to hospital.

He said police had arrested seven men in connection with the case.

ACP Shafien advised the public to always adhere to the law and refrain from taking matters into their own hands.

In another case, ACP Shafien said a clinic clerk found a baby while she was walking to work at about 6.50am on Friday.

"The 22-year-old woman was walking to work in Section 19 here when she heard a baby's cries.

"She looked around and spotted a box lying by the side of the road," he said.

When she opened it, she found the baby inside.

He said the baby was not clothed and was believed to be at least a week old.

"The baby girl is in stable condition at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital," he said, adding that police were trying to trace the identity of the baby's mother.

On another matter, ACP Shaffien said police arrested three men believed to have robbed a lorry driver and set his car on fire.

"The incident occurred on Friday while the lorry driver was at a field near Kampung Baru Hicom at around 10.30pm.

"A group of five men armed with parang attacked the lorry driver and stole RM200 (S$70) cash," he said, adding that they then set his Proton Persona on fire before fleeing the scene.

He said police arrested three men aged between 25 and 35 in three raids in Shah Alam.

"We seized a Toyota Vios and two parang from the men," he said.

Anyone with information about the cases should contact the police hotline at 03-2052 9999 or visit the nearest police station.

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