Mohd Arraffat Taufik (in orange) at the magistrates’ court in George Town, Penang, today.

GEORGE TOWN: A kuih stall operator was charged today with murdering a police constable in a high-speed chase early on Saturday.

Mohd Arraffat Taufik, 35, was charged with causing the death of Muhammad Iqbal Mazlan, 22, between 1am and 2am along Jalan Utama here.

Arraffat was alleged to have blocked Iqbal’s motorcycle, causing him to fall. The policeman died later from his injuries.

Arraffat was charged with murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Yazid Mustaqim Roslan prosecuted while G Shanmugam appeared for the accused.

No plea was taken and magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manan set June 23 for mention to await a pathology report.

Last week, police said three policemen were on patrol along Scotland Road when they spotted a motorcyclist behaving suspiciously.

They said the policemen gave chase and the man sped off and rode in a “zig-zag” manner, causing one of them to crash onto a pavement.

Police also said the suspect, who had six drug-related cases previously, tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana.

Iqbal, who hailed from Besut, Terengganu, joined the force 18 months ago.



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