Motorcycle theft suspect dies after crowd beat him up

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are investigating the case of an alleged motorcycle thief who died several days after being beaten up by a crowd.

The suspect was attacked by a group of people when he was spotted trying to wheel away a motorcycle which was parked in front of a shop in Jalan Bandar Baru Dalam here around 12.30pm on Sept 13.

City CID deputy chief Asst Comm Khairy Ahrasa said the owner noticed the man wheeling away the motorcycle and called out for help.

"Members of the public surrounded the man before beating him up. He was later handed over to the police with head injuries," he said at a press conference at the city police headquarters yesterday.

The man was treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for two days before he was charged on Thursday and released on bail.

ACP Khairy said the man complained about feeling ill when he was at home before being rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"We have classified the case as sudden death for now and have asked for a post mortem to ascertain the cause of death.

"If the post-mortem shows signs of foul play, we will reclassify the case as murder," he said.