Accused tried to commit suicide in jail
After he was arrested and placed in a lockup, accused Ramzan Rizwan allegedly tried to take his own life, the court heard yesterday.
This was mentioned when his lawyer, Mr R.S. Bajwa, cross-examined Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Tan Boon Kok during a trial within a trial to determine if Ramzan's statement to the police on June 18, 2014, could be admitted as court evidence.
Mr Bajwa asked the police officer if he knew whether Ramzan had attempted suicide by placing a T-shirt around his neck and pulling at it in the police lockup that morning, a week after his arrest for murder.
When ASP Tan said yes, Mr Bajwa asked him why he had still proceeded to record Ramzan's statement hours after the suicide attempt.
ASP Tan said it was to verify what had happened, adding that Ramzan told him he had done the act to get the attention of the lockup's officers, who he said had ignored him.
He also said the police had assessed Ramzan's condition before continuing with investigations.
Mr Bajwa told ASP Tan that Ramzan was then suffering from a depressive disorder of mild severity, a condition that was only later diagnosed by a psychiatrist.
He asked ASP Tan: "With that knowledge now, would you have proceeded to take a statement then?"
The officer replied: "In hindsight, with this knowledge, I may not (have proceeded) to record the statement. I would have referred him for psychiatric help."