JOHOR BARU, 19 May 2009: Police have proposed that the snatch thief responsible for the death of Jamilah Selamat on 5 May be charged under Section 302 of Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Sharif said investigation papers have been handed over to the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) and that the culprit would be charged soon.
“The criminal is a 26 year-old ex-convict with six criminal records since 2003. He was high on Eramin 5 when arrested in Banang Jaya, Batu Pahat on 6 May,” he told a press conference here today.
The arrest led to the recovery of Jamilah’s handbag containing her identity card, MyKid card, Maybank card and Anakku card.
He was also in possession of a motorcycle reported stolen in Simpang Renggam.
Mokhtar also said the 23 year-old man arrested in Batu Pahat on 14 May would be charged under Section 411 of Penal Code which carries a five years’ jail sentence or fine or both for possessing a stolen mobile phone belonging to Jamilah.
He added 762 snatch thieves were arrested in Johor last year while 231 were arrested in the four months since January.
Two-month pregnant Jamilah, 32, died two days after falling from her motorcycle in a snatch theft at Ayer Hitam, Batu Pahat on 3 May. — Bernama