DNA evidence said to confirm dead suspect’s guilt in rape case

EJ Insight » Hong Kong

Police have reportedly concluded that a man they suspected of a rape two months ago was indeed guilty of the crime. The suspect (inset) took his own life while under police custody in May. Photos: Internet

Police have reportedly concluded that a man they suspected of a rape two months ago was indeed guilty of the crime. The suspect (inset) took his own life while under police custody in May. Photos: Internet

DNA specimens collected from a rape and robbery suspect who killed himself in early May while under police custody are said to have matched with those collected from his female victim.

Police have confirmed that the dead man, a person surnamed Lam, was behind a crime that took place two months ago in Kowloon Bay, hk01.com reports.

With the evidence pointing to Lam, authorities might, after further deliberations, report to his 22-year-old robbery and rape victim that the case has reached a conclusion.

Prosecution is, however, not possible as the suspect is no longer alive.

A police spokesperson was quoted as saying that no further comments can be made at this stage as a Coroner’s Court hearing has been scheduled over the deceased suspect.

On May 7, a young woman was assaulted under a footbridge in Kowloon Bay close to the MTR station.

It began as a robbery incident but turned into something far more serious.

As the woman was on her way home, a man appeared before her and snatched her mobile phone and started fleeing. The victim gave chase and found the suspect hiding under a footbridge.

When she confronted the robber, the man is reported to have grabbed the young woman, dragged her to a corner and raped her after tying her wrists together.

Following a compliant, police launched a manhunt and took Lam, 48, into custody after going through CCTV footage from the area.   

But after the arrest, Lam was found dead inside his cell.

According to authorities, the suspect hung himself using a computer cable stolen from the Sau Mau Ping Police Station, where he had been lodged.

Following Lam’s death, authorities launched an investigation into possible security loopholes at the police station or negligence on the part of officers. 

Authorities have since ordered a review of procedures at custody facilities at all police stations to prevent such incidents.

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