Teen was sane when he killed girl in rage, court told


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2003

BY CHEN MEI LING

KUALA LUMPUR: The teenage boy accused of murdering his tuition teacher’s 11-year-old daughter last May was of sound mind when the crime was committed, a psychiatrist told the High Court here yesterday. 

Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan, who had been engaged by the defence to evaluate the boy, said the boy was a sane person before and after he allegedly stabbed the girl to death at her house between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on May 30 last year. 

“I would not consider him as an insane person at the time of the incident. His anger had taken the upper hand,” he said when cross-examined by Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar. 

To another question, Dr Mahadevan said the boy, 13, had never denied that he did attack the girl. 

“He has always owned (up to) the fact that he did attack (the girl). He is only at a loss as to how he could have lost control of himself on that day,” he said. 

He said the boy, who had been continuously taunted by the girl, was suffering from repressed anger that resulted in his untoward behaviour. 

He said it was normal for some children, who were being teased at by their peers, to suffer such tormenting in silent. 

“They don’t tell. In this particular case, the boy could not tell his own (tuition) teacher that her daughter was taunting him,” he told Justice Ahmad Maarop. 

The boy, who was represented by Karpal Singh, had chosen to remain silent in making his defence. 

The hearing continues on Monday.  

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