Maid abuse trial postponed to September


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The trial of housewife Yim Pek Ha, who is accused of causing grievous hurt to maid Nirmala Bonat, has been postponed to September and October. 

Sessions Court judge Akhtar Tahir made the postponement after hearing a verbal report on Yim’s poor health by Damansara Specialist Centre consultant cardiologist Dr Song Soon Cheok. 

Dr Song told the court yesterday that Yim, who was reported to have been admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital for acute asthma and high blood pressure, was unfit to stand trial this week. 

The court then fixed five weeks in September and October for the trial. 

Lead defence counsel Jagjit Singh told the court yesterday that an Indonesian maid who might be called to testify, had lodged a police report after receiving a death threat from an Indonesian man. 

The maid, Fermina Anunut, allegedly received the threat on Monday after attending the trial.  

She lodged the report at the Dang Wangi police station the same day. 

The judge told the prosecution team that it was their duty to ensure that none of the witnesses were tampered with, especially at the court premises. 

He said he wanted to know the outcome of the investigation on the alleged threat by Sept 27 when the trial resumed.  

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