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JOHOR BAHRU, 16 March 2017:
A man and his girlfriend were sentenced to death by the high court here yesterday for the murder of his three-year-old son, four years ago.
High court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah sent Mohd Imran Mohd Ramly, 34, and his girlfriend Norhidayah Mamid, 30, to the gallows after the defence failed to raise reasonable doubts on the prosecution’s case.
Mohd Imran and Norhidayah were jointly charged with murdering Muhammad Aqeef Adam Mohd Imran, in a house at A 2-22 Apartment Sri Putra, Jalan Meranti 7, Kulai, between midnight on 16 Dec 2013 and 6.45pm on 19 Dec 2013.
Mohd Imran, a former company manager and Norhidayah, unemployed, were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Code, which carries mandatory death sentence, upon conviction.
The judge in his judgment said although there were no witnesses at the location when the tragedy unfold, decision could be made based on circumstantial evidence.
“The hospital pathologist confirmed that there were traces of continuous blunt force trauma on the victim’s head for a period of three months, which also the duration when the victim was under the custody of the two accused.”
Mohd Imran appeared calm when the judge handed down the sentence, while Norhidayah burst into tears.
Throughout the trial which began on Jan 12 last year, the prosecution called 13 witnesses and the defence, four.
When called to enter their defence, both the accused opted to give their testimonies under oath with two witnesses.
Separately, a toddler – aged two years and five months – who died after becoming unconscious while under the care of a childminder at an apartment in Section 51A, Petaling Jaya, is believed to have been abused.
Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Mohd Zani Che Din said the mother of the victim received a Whatsapp message from the childminder at 2pm on Tuesday – informing her that her daughter was vomiting, and in a weak and ill state.
The mother rushed the victim to the Paediatric Emergency Unit at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM) at 4pm, but the girl was pronounced dead at 5.40pm by the doctor.
“Based on the medical examination conducted, PPUM found bruises on the toddler’s body, serious injuries to the abdomen due a blunt force, while her vagina was also injured.”
Following the finding, four suspects in their 20s – the victim’s mother and her mother’s boyfriend; as well as the childminder and her husband – were detained to facilitate investigations.
Mohd Zani said the victim’s mother and boyfriend, as well as the childminder have been placed under remand for seven days, while the childminder’s husband will be placed under remand from today for the same duration.