Sunday, February 12, 2012

He needed cash to feed his children and guess what would he do?

A desperate father who needed money to buy milk for his children resorted to kidnapping a 14-year-old boy, demanding RM2,000 in ransom.

The kidnapper later apologised to the boy’s family after releasing him unharmed at about 7pm on Monday at an undisclosed location.

He had earlier bundled the boy into his car at about 1pm before taking him “sightseeing” for six hours around the city centre, including to Kajang and Batu Caves.

It is learnt that the boy was forced into the suspect’s car shortly after taking his dog for a walk near his house in Semenyih.

Later, the suspect was said to have contacted the boy’s family, demanding thousands of ringgit as ransom for his release.

The family negotiated for a lesser amount before agreeing to bank into his account RM2,000.

After withdrawing the money, the suspect contacted the family to apologise, claiming that he needed the cash to feed his children.

The boy’s family then lodged a report. Police declined to comment on the case.

It is learnt that the case had been classified under Section 3 (1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961.

The offence carries the mandatory death penalty or life imprisonment and whipping, upon conviction.