Friday, September 22, 2017

Cop killer had been amnestied

A man accused of killing two police officers in September as he tried to evade arrest appeared in Yangon South District Court yesterday under tight security, with two police officers and a local witness offering testimony.

The defendant, 47-year-old U Tin Myint, had originally been suspected of stabbing a man in Thanlyin in May 2014. He evaded capture until September 2 of this year, when he was cornered by police at Bawa Ahla Inn in Thanlyin. U Tin Myint allegedly stabbed and killed District Head Police Lieutenant Aung Naing and Corporal Thura Lwin, but he was finally taken down by other officers and hauled to jail.

Investigations into U Tin Myint revealed a chequered past: In 1990 he had stabbed a man in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township and fled to Bago Region, where he murdered a police officer who tried to arrest him in Waw.

U Tin Myint was finally caught and sentenced to life in prison. He made an unsuccessful escape attempt by attacking a security guard, but the effort was unnecessary as he was later released in a government amnesty.

Once out of jail he attempted to rape his stepdaughter, then went underground and committed a string of robberies. He was arrested in South Dagon township in 2011 for carrying illegal weapons and sentenced to 20 years. But U Tin Myint was given another lease on his life of crime when he was again released from jail compliments of a presidential amnesty in 2014.

His next court appearance is scheduled for October 21.

Translation by Khant Lin Oo