14-year-old students arrested for faking kidnapping

KUALA TERENGGANU, July 28 — Two 14-year-old students have been arrested for faking a kidnapping and demanding RM8,000 ransom on Tuesday.

State CID chief ACP K. Manoharan said the kidnapping was planned by one of the students who was angry with his father for forbidding him to ride a motorcycle.

“However, the son, who left Kampung Machang Lada, Marang that morning, failed to return by night fall. The father then reported to police.”

He said the next day the father received a phone call from an unidentified man demanding RM8,000 ransom for his son’s release.

The man asked the blacksmith father to leave the ransom money behind a convenience store in Kuala Ibai the next day.

The father did as ordered but the kidnapper did not turn up. The father then went looking and found his son with a friend in Kuala Ibai.

Manoharan said the son admitted to faking his own kidnapping with the friend to buy a new motorcycle.

The students were remanded until Tuesday for further investigation under section 385 of Penal Code for extortion. — Bernama


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