MALACCA: Indonesian factory worker Evakartika Pitriana Arman Yunus, 27, was upset after her first husband refused to give her back her passport unless she returned some money owed to him.
Desperate, she decided to commit a foolish act by abducting a four-month-old baby in exchange for her passport last month.
Yesterday, a repentant Evakartika broke down in court, pleading with the magistrate not to jail her after pleading guilty to the offence.
“I regret what I have done. I was trapped by someone to do it.
“I beg you not to jail me. I also have a husband and a child and they need me. I had no intention of kidnapping the baby and this is the only mistake I have made in my life,” she said in between sobs.
However, magistrate Salina Ali Pitchay sentenced her to a year's jail and a RM3,000 fine.
Evakartika was charged under Section 363 of Penal Code which carries a maximum penalty of seven years' jail and a fine.
She was seen hugging her current husband in court and was crying before being led by policewomen to the court lock-up before being sent to prison.
She had earlier pleaded guilty to abducting the baby, Intan Nazirah Suhaimi, from her mother, Haliza Mahat, at Hospital Pantai Ayer Keroh's car park at 12.40pm on Oct 21.
Evakartika had gone to Haliza’s home in Bukit Katil with a man that day and told Haliza that her husband had met with an accident and had been warded at the hospital.
Haliza, 24, had followed them to the hospital to find out her husband’s condition and had handed her baby to Evakartika at the car park before making enquiries at the reception counter.
When she was told that her husband was not there, Haliza returned to the car park but could not find Evakartika, the man and her baby.
The baby was later discovered at a mosque in Telok Mas at 11pm the next day while Evakartika was arrested by police near a surau at Terminal One in Seremban on Oct 23.
Police investigation showed that Evakartika had abducted the baby to retrieve her passport which was being held by her first husband Zamzurin Ahmad.
Elmi Hadi Abu Shah, a factory worker from Kg Rim, Jasin, who was jointly charged with Evakartika, claimed trial to the charge.
His case will be mentioned on Jan 18.
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