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Court Awards RM280,000 to Family of Benedict Thanilas Who Died in Police Custody Due to Neglect

today13 September 2021


Benedict Thanilas (centre) and his family members in a 2017 photo. (source: FMT)

The High Court today (13 Sept) awarded RM281,300 in damages to the family of Benedict Thanilas who died in the Jinjang police central lockup, four years ago while suffering hypertension and diabetes.

According to Bernama, Judicial Commissioner Quay Chew Soon made the order on the damages for the deceased’s wife, N. Janagi and daughter, B. Angeline, after allowing the lawsuit against the government during an online proceeding today.

The family had filed a suit against 23 members of the police force, the Inspector-General of Police and the government of Malaysia back in July 2020.

Their lawyer M. Visvanathan said the court had awarded RM4,000 for funeral expenses, RM30,000 for bereavement, RM91,800 in dependency claim, RM50,000 in damages for pain and suffering, and RM100,000 in aggravated damages.

β€œThe court also ordered the defendants to pay RM40,000 in costs to the…

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Written by: Karissa Lund