Suspect held over death of cop in police station

 |Sep 1, 2017

SHAH ALAM: Police have obtained a week-long remand order against a suspect held in connection with the murder of a Lance Corporal at the Pinggiran USJ Police station here yesterday.

According to New Straits Times, the man, in orange lock-up attire, was brought to the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court at about 11.15am today and was brought by a plainclothes policeman into the court.

The English news portal reported that the 34-year-old, from Sibu, Sarawak was in the building for about 15 minutes before he was brought out. He was then placed in a waiting police car and transported to a lock-up.

Selangor police Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat said the suspect, who is believed to be a relative of the Lance Corporal, will be remanded until Thursday.

NST reported that the suspect was stopped at about 7.30pm yesterday as he was about to board a flight to Sibu. He was then handed over to the police and taken in for questioning.

The man’s identity had been flagged by police, which prevented him from being allowed to board the flight by Immigration officers.

He was taken from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the district police headquarters to facilitate investigations, before being arrested at 1am.

Lance Corporal Valentino Mesa, 29, of Sarawak was found dead at the enquiry counter of the Pinggiran USJ police station at 3.25am yesterday.

A patrol unit that returned to the station found him slumped at the desk where he was on duty. He had been shot in the head at close range and was stabbed as well.

Earlier, Bernama reported Selangor Police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor advising the public against making any kind of speculation on the murder or the arrest of the suspect, saying it could jeopardise the investigation.