Miri lock-up rape probe completed – State police chief

Police lock-up

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK police have completed the investigations on the rape of a minor in a police lock-up in Miri and is waiting for further instructions from Bukit Aman.

Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said the investigation was completed last week and it had already been sent to Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Compliance Department (JIPS).

On Jan 8, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an underage offender while in police custody at the Miri central police station in Sarawak. She had been detained for involvement in illegal gambling activities.

Although the station was equipped with CCTV cameras, Aidi said cameras in the lock-up have no recording function.

Many have questioned why was she kept in the police lock-up and not at a young offender’s detention centre.

It was reported that the female cell was locked and separated from the cell which held about 12 male detainees, but in her police report after the alleged incident, the girl said the male cell had not been locked.

Between 4am and 5am on the day of her arrest, she alleged that the youth entered her cell, then raped her in the toilet.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador has also vowed to take action against those responsible for locking up the minor.