Remember Guna?

Posted on April 11, 2012


By Bodhiman


Do you?

Gunasegaran a/l Raja Sundram?

“Who…..?”, you might well ask.

Well this poor chap died sometime in the evening of 16th July, 2009.

Read THIS if no bells are ringing in your head right now.

Yup that’s right!

He died the very same day the late Teoh Beng Hock died.

Unlike the late Teoh, though, Guna was a nobody.

He was no politician, tycoon or scholar.

In fact, some might be tempted to call Guna a drug addict, a vagrant … heck even a bum!

However you choose to describe Guna, one fact must never be forgotten.

Guna died in the lock up of Balai Polis Sentul on that fateful evening.

The family of the late Guna, after enduring a long inquest process in the Magistrate’s court, was devastated when the coroner delivered her open verdict and stated that she was unable to decide as to what caused the death of Guna.

Was it the physical blows inflicted by the police officers as per eye witness testimonies?

Was it a drug related death as certified by the experts?

What about the injuries found on the body of Guna?

Experts say it was due to resuscitation efforts.

Wait a minute, didn’t the attending Doctor at KL Hospital say he DID NOT  make any efforts to resuscitate Guna?

Then why the injuries?

Ah…. So many questions and no honest answers forthcoming.

By the way, why was the body of Guna left to rot in the KL Hospital mortuary ?

Ah….. questions and more questions!

Anyway the application by the family of the late Mr Gunasegaran a/l Raja sundram for a revision of the coroner’s verdict is due to be heard in the KL High Court (Jenayah 1) before YA Datuk Su Geok Yiam  at the Duta courts on 16th April, 2012.

As I write this, the celebrated case of Oh Keng Seng v Public Prosecutor [1976] 1 MLJ 143 comes to mind. In this case the court had said :-

“Justice must not only be done but must also be manifestly seen to be done. This is a cardinal principle in the administration of justice and it must override all other considerations. The judiciary in our country is independent of the executive and the honesty and integrity of the officers who preside over the courts are of a high order. Let us not on any occasion therefore dispense justice in a manner which may undermine public confidence in the judiciary”.