KUALA LUMPUR: The 13-year-old boy, charged with the murder of his tuition teacher's daughter last May, was provoked by the girl to commit the alleged crime, a psychiatrist told the High Court yesterday.
Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan said the girl, who teased the boy constantly, had challenged the boy to stab her on the day of the incident.
To add fuel to the fire, she brought two knives, put them before him and challenged him, daring him to stab her, he said.
Dr Mahadevan, who was engaged by the defence to evaluate the boy, said the continuous teasing had taken its toll on the Form One student on that fateful day.
The boy was infuriated when the challenge was given, discretion was thrown to the winds and anger took the upper hand.
As far as he was concerned, the tormenting and taunting had become worse and he was nursing animosity and registering wrongs, resulting in pent-up aggression.
So, when he was challenged repeatedly, his ego was bruised badly and his pent-up aggression was let loose, driving him to a fit of frenzy or delirious fury and giving rise to a momentarily lapse of judgment, he explained.
Dr Mahadevan was the third defence witness to testify in the trial of the boy, who is accused of murdering the 11-year-old girl at her house here between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on May 30 last year.
The boy's secondary school principal and class teacher were the first two witnesses to testify for the defence on Monday.
Continuing with his testimony, Dr Mahadevan, 73, said there was no mean bone in the teenager, whose favourite TV programmes were comedies and cartoons.
According to the boy, he had never had any homicidal intent or plan, but committed the alleged crime on impulse induced rage provoked by the girl.
It was an unfortunate event, unintentional, unexpected and purely an accident, he said.
Dr Mahadevan said the boy was not only intelligent. He was also ambitious and optimistic, with great expectations to pursue his future studies to become a lawyer and hopefully a judge.
The trial before Justice Ahmad Maarop will continue tomorrow.
The judge had, on Nov 11 last year, ordered the boy to enter his defence on the murder charge after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against him.
The boy, however, had chosen to remain silent in his defence.