SEREMBAN: Lolanopita Sadi cut a forlorn figure at the Sessions Court when she was charged with two counts of deliberately neglecting her disabled and mentally-challenged son, who was found living in squalor in a flat in Nilai last week.
Clad in a pink tudung and saffron-coloured lock-up attire, Lolanopita, 40, refused to make eye contact with the members of the public seated in the gallery as she was brought in from the court lock-up to the dock to be charged before Sessions judge B. Jagjit Singh.
In a voice which was barely audible, she pleaded not guilty to the charges, which allege that she neglected her son Muhammad Firdaus Dullah between January and June 21 this year.
The first charge also stated that the offence was committed in a room of a flat in Taman Semarak in Nilai and that it could have caused him physical and emotional harm.
She is charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act and if found guilty, can be fined up to RM20,000 or jailed up to 10 years or both.
For the second charge, she is accused of deliberately leaving Muhammad Firdaus, 15, without reasonable supervision in the same room at 2.30am on June 26.
For this, she is charged under Section 33(c) of the same Act, which provides a fine of up to RM5,000 or jail term not exceeding two years or both upon, conviction.
It was reported earlier that an Immigration Department team conducting routine checks on illegals in the area on June 21 found the severely malnourished Muhammad Firdaus locked alone in a room in the unit.
The teenager, who was unable to walk, had only a tattered and soiled T-shirt on and was covered in his own faeces and urine. He weighed only 15kg when they found him.
The teenager is now recuperating at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital and is expected to remain warded for a month.
DPP Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh urged the court to fix bail at RM7,000 for each of the charges as the case was of public interest.
However, counsel for the accused Hanif Hassan sought bail at RM2,000 for each charge as his client, who is working in a catering company in Sepang, only earned RM1,150 a month.
The judge fixed bail at RM7,000 for both the charges and set July 24 for re-mention.