DT : daren & tiff

June 17, 2006

Outrage over abduction, rape

Filed under: Bad, DEETEE, News, Shopping — delephant @ 12:27 pm

Well i hope everyone would be angry about what is happening in our neighbourhood and really take the initiative and preventive measures esp at the shopping malls to help curb this.

Perhaps instead of just putting CCTV at all exit points, but to also have active Security patrolling single ladies out to their cars. This may give more sense of security to their shoppers and hence give the malls a better reputation of safe & soundness.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/6/17/nation/14573370&sec=nation 

Saturday June 17, 2006

PETALING JAYA: The abduction and brutal rape of an air stewardess has sparked outrage, and the question on most lips now is whether current security measures are enough to prevent crimes of opportunity.  

Women, Family and Community Development parliamentary secretary Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the incident proved that even CCTV systems were not enough to deter criminals. 

“The criminals know how to avoid detection by CCTV cameras and this proves that shopping complexes and parking lot operators should look into improving the engineering aspects of their security infrastructure.” 

Chew suggested installing CCTV cameras at the entry and exit turnstiles of parking lots. 

“This means that the faces of the drivers will be visible on the monitors when they enter and leave,” she said. 

She also urged the police to take stern action against rapists and to speed up investigations to solve cases faster.  

“Women themselves need to be cautious,” she said.  

“Even if more security guards are employed, they will not be able to ensure your safety every single minute. 

“Criminals are only able to carry out their actions when there is a window of opportunity, so the best thing to do is to close that window,” she said. 

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the management of shopping complexes had to ensure that not only were CCTV systems installed, but also closely monitored. 

“The management must ensure that they do more to protect the people patronising their complexes,” he said. 

“They need to review their current safety and security system, beef it up if need be, and put in additional features if necessary.” 

Lee said this case highlighted the flaws in the current set-up, as the rapist knew exactly how to evade detection by the CCTV camera. 

“It clearly shows that the system has been outsmarted and complexes should consider having more guards on patrol,” he added. 

“They have to increase the manpower and get more security personnel to go on rounds, especially during the periods when there aren’t too many people.” 

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Hazam Abdul Halim said that police had not made any arrest but declined to comment further, saying investigations were still ongoing. 

However, it was learnt that forensics have taken the stewardess’ car, in which she was raped, for analysis and testing. 

It is also believed that the man was very familiar with the shopping complex, as initial investigations revealed that he knew the exact locations of the CCTV cameras and that he managed to avoid getting his face caught on any of the security videos. 

The incident took place at 8pm on Tuesday night, exactly three years after Canny Ong was abducted from Bangsar Shopping Centre, raped and killed. 

The stewardess had gone to the shopping centre to buy infant formula for her six-month-old child and was about to leave when the man waylaid her in the parking lot. 

Holding her at knifepoint, he forced her to drive to a secluded spot in Damansara, where he robbed her of RM50 and raped her twice in the backseat of her car.  

This is the version from SUN’s Newspaper

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14441

Airline hostess abducted and raped twice
Charles Ramendran
PETALING JAYA: In a chilling parallel to the abduction and rape of IT analyst Canny Ong Lay Kian three years ago, a 24-year-old air stewardess was abducted at knifepoint from the carpark of a popular shopping centre, robbed and raped twice on Tuesday night.The incident happened three years to the day of Ong’s abduction and murder on June 13, 2003. But this time, the victim was lucky to get away with her life.

Police sources said the stewardess, who is married to an air steward of a local airline, had gone to the shopping mall to buy milk for her six-month-old baby about 8pm.

As she entered her car parked at the basement about 8.30pm, a man rushed in through the backdoor and held a knife to her neck. The man, who wore a baseball cap and is in his 30s, warned her not to raise an alarm and ordered her to drive. around the carpark.

She was also warned to avoid driving near to the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Just before telling the woman to drive out of the carpark, he made her switch on the car headlights to “high beam” mode so that his image would not be recorded by a CCTV camera at the ticket gates.

With the knife still held to her neck, the woman drove towards a secluded spot and was relieved of her valuables. Unhappy that the haul was less than RM50, the man demanded for the PIN to the bank card but in her panicked state, the stewardess could not remember.

The man then ripped off her clothes and raped her on the backseat. He then ordered her to drive to another deserted area nearby.

He lit a cigarette and had a smoke, while the woman begged and pleaded with him to release her. He agreed to do so only after he had sex with her again.

She was then forced to the backseat and raped a second time. After he was done, he stepped out of the car and just walked off.

The terrified woman told police that she remained in her car for almost an hour before coming to her senses and driving home to tell her husband.

Police have mounted a hunt for the rapist and urged those with information to contact the district CID at 03-7956 2222.

Updated: 02:31PM Fri, 16 Jun 2006
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1 Comment »

  1. absolutely tryue

    Comment by Art — January 11, 2007 @ 1:44 am


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