Kugan’s Death: Second Post-Mortem Results

4 March 2009
Petaling Jaya

Pathologist Dr Prashant N. Samberkar, from the University Malaya Medical Centre, has completed the second post-mortem on car theft suspect A. Kugan. The procedure was requested by the suspect’s family after they had suspected that the 22-year-old man had actually died from being repeatedly beaten.

The results of the post-mortem found multiple v-shaped burn marks on the man’s back believed to have been caused by a hot iron. Kugan’s family lawyer, N. Surendran, said compared to the first report which counted only three injuries from the chest up, the second found 42 other bruises and burns.

The report also described intensive haemorrhage in several internal organs such as the gall bladder, pancreas, adrenal glands and inside his skull. Kugan’s stomach was empty at the time of his death, suggesting that he was starved during his six days of police interrogation.

The doctor suspected that Kugan’s injuries caused his muscle tissues to break down, also known as rhabdomyolysis, which then led to the production of myoglobin. As myoglobin entered back into his blood stream and to his kidneys, Kugan may have died from acute kidney failure.

Surendran believed that from the discovery of the injuries, the assailants would have known that Kugan would had died from them, indicating the intention for murder.

Kugan’s family is expecting a toxicology report from Australia to determine if drugs were given to Kugan before his death. Meanwhile, Surendran would submit the second post-mortem report to Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail at his office in Putrajaya today at 2:30pm.

The Star Online – Lawyer: Autopsy shows Kugan beaten to death

New Straits Times Online – Beaten, branded in police custody

MCW – Kugan’s Death: Re-classified as Murder, Officers Re-assigned

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