PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – It was a short-lived escape for a 27-year-old man who dashed out of the courtroom here today upon realising that the Court of Appeal had granted the prosecution’s appeal to try him for murder.
M Thinagaran was however apprehended about 10 minutes later in front of the Putrajaya Corporation Complex situated opposite the Palace of Justice.
He had earlier been sitting outside the dock when the panel allowed the prosecution’s appeal to overturn a High Court decision on Aug 20, last year to amend his charge from murder to manslaughter.
Thinagaran was charged with killing K Mugilan, 17, at a house in Taman Puchong Indah, Puchong, at 9.30 pm on March 16, 2011.
He had pleaded guilty to the amended charge and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, and released early this year.
At the Appeal Court, after being ordered by the panel chaired by Justice Datuk Rohana Yusuf to enter his defence for murder and for the case to be remitted to the High Court, Thinagaran moved artlessly towards the courtroom door.
As he made his exit, a court policewoman went after him but he did not heed her calls and ran instead towards the exit of the Palace of Justice.
The policewoman shouted for assistance and Nasrulhelmi Mohd Dal, 32, from the Federal Court Corporate Comunications and International Relations Division heard her and chased after Thinagaran.
The operations assistant managed to catch the escapee, who was subsequently guarded heavily by three security guards from the nearby complex before being handed over to five policemen.
The drama ended with Thinagaran being escorted back to the court and ordered by the panel which also comprised Justice Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam and Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi to be remanded until disposal of his case at the High Court.
The accused faces the mandatory sentence under Section 302 of the Penal Code.