Odd-job worker arrested for drugs dies in lock-up

BALIK PULAU, Malaysia - A 50-year-old odd-job worker died at the Bayan Baru police station lock-up here, moments after he complained of feeling unwell.

On-duty police called for an ambulance and transferred N. Ramasamy to a holding room.

He, however, died at 1am yesterday soon after the ambulance arrived.

OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said Ramasamy, who was arrested on Feb 24 with his twin brother after testing positive for drugs, was to be charged on Wednesday.

"His brother, who was in the same lock-up, has told the policemen that Ramasamy was suffering from asthma and diabetes. He was allowed to take his daily medication.

"His family was satisfied with our explanation and they have accepted his death. They told us that the deceased had been a drug addict from young," he told reporters here yesterday.

Supt Lai said police had viewed the CCTV footage and confirmed that there was no foul play involved, adding that the case had been classified as sudden death.

On an unrelated matter, the 18-year-old youth arrested for molesting a female French tourist at the Penang National Park is wanted by the police for a motorcycle theft case reported in 2012.

Supt Lai said the teenager, who tested positive for heroin, would be charged tomorrow under Section 379A (1) of the Penal Code for motor vehicle theft as well as using criminal force with intent to outrage modesty.

On Thursday, the teenager, on the pretext of showing directions to the 35-year-old tourist, had hugged, kissed, groped her breasts and tried to undress her.