He leads police to loot at hotel
Unknown to Mohamed Hassan, four plainclothes detectives were waiting nearby, on the day of the funeral, while he paid his respects to the deceased.
The fast-acting team, led by Inspector Goh Tat Boon of the Criminal Investigation Department, had tracked him down.
Mohamad Hassan was caught.
He led them to the Garden Hotel where he was staying, and surrendered the victim’s jewellery and $1,800 in cash.
His arrest shocked the family.
Especially the unsuspecting relatives who had informed his wife about the murder.
In court last Friday, Mohamad Hassan was sentenced to 11 years’ jail.
He stood in the dock, looking down.
His lawyer, Mr. Singa Retnam, said he was hospitalized with a heart attack after his arrest.
He is still on medication and “wants to atone for all his mistakes”.
Said the lawyer: “The death of his cousin caused him great sorrow and anguish and he attended the funeral with his wife to perform the last rites and to seek forgiveness…”
As Mohamed Hassan was led out of the courtroom, his wrists and ankles shackled, he kept telling his relatives in the gallery: “Minta maaf” (I’m sorry in Malay).
Yes, he was seeking forgiveness again.
But from his family members this time.
Then, he begged them to help take care of his three-year-old son, who is living with his wife in a relative’s flat.
His family declined to be interviewed.
Last Friday, Mohamed Hassan was sentenced to 11 years’ jail for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and theft in dwelling.
The maximum penalty for the former is 10 years’ jail and fine. For the latter, it is seven years’ jail and fine.