Police to submit IP on trailer driver to prosecution on Tuesday

14 May 2022 11:42am
Photo courtesy of Perak Fire and Rescue Department
Photo courtesy of Perak Fire and Rescue Department

IPOH - The investigation paper (IP) on the trailer driver involved in the tragic accident near the Menora Tunnel which had killed five Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS) students will be handed over to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) on Tuesday.

Kuala Kangsar district police chief Assistant Commissioner Omar Bakhtiar Yaacob said if the DPP was satisfied with the investigation, the 28-year-old suspect will be hauled to court on the same day.

“An IP has been opened and we are in the process of completing it.

"The police will submit the paper to the DPP, the earliest on Tuesday. If it is approved, the suspect will be charged that afternoon," he told Sinar Harian, today.

According to Omar Bakhtiar, the investigation into the case was still ongoing and the police will be applying for an extension of the remand order against the driver at the Kuala Kangsar magistrate's court tomorrow (Sunday).

“The suspect will be remanded to facilitate the investigation under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987," he said.

The suspect, he said was currently under a four-day remand which will expire tomorrow to assist in the investigation.

He added that the suspect was tested negative for drugs.

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It was previously reported that the driver, who hailed from Jitra, Kedah, has 22 summonses for various traffic offences, eight of which involved speeding and nine Road Transport Department (JPJ) offences.

In another development, Omar Bakhtiar said the remains of the victims have been claimed by their families.

The last body was claimed at 8pm on Friday.

He said two of the victims had completed the post-mortem and identification process at the Kuala Kangsar Hospital on Thursday, while the other three at the Taiping Hospital on Friday.

"Samples for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing have been sent to the Petaling Jaya Chemistry Department," he said.

On Wednesday, five USAS students in a Honda City were burnt to death after the car caught fire after being hit by a trailer lorry.

The victims involved in the 12.52am incident were Muhammad Nasrun Aidol Munir Akbar, 22, who was the driver, Ahmad Naim Najmi Ahmad Hafizan, 21, who sat in the front passenger seat and Ahmad Akmal Ahmad Mokhlis, 20, Iqbal Hasnun Halimi, 23, and Muhammad Nabil Haikal Muhammad Fariz, 19, who were all sitting at the back seat.