KUALA LUMPUR: A child care centre worker pleaded not guilty at the Selayang Sessions Court to a human trafficking charge here Monday, for allegedly selling a one-day-old baby girl two weeks ago.
Nik Rahimah Nik Mohd Nawi, 54, allegedly committed the offence at Gombak Medical Centre Sdn Bhd here at about 1.25pm on Aug 3.
Nik Rahimah was charged under section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in of Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine.
DPP Nur Hafizah Rajuni sought for no bail to be given, but defence counsel Datuk Sukri Mohamed argued, claiming Nik Rahimah was entitiled to it.
He also proposed that the judge to consider the fate of Nik Rahimah's five children who were heavily dependant on her.
"My client has been remanded for 14 days and she has cooperated throughout the investigation.
"She is also a mother to two children and three adopted children aged between 10 months and eight-years-old," he said, adding that Nik Rahimah earned less than RM2,000 a month and lived with her husband who sold clothes for a living.
Judge Tasnim Abu Bakar set bail at RM10,000 bail with one surety and set Sept 18 for mention.
The Judge also ordered Nik Rahmah to surrender her passport and report to a nearby police station on the first and third Saturdays of each month until the conclusion of the case.
A restraining order was also issued where she was asked to stay away from the victim's family.
Clad in a leopard print blouse, grey skirt with her face covered by a scarf, Nik Rahimah was then escorted to the Magistrates' Court for allegedly managing an unregistered child care centre.
In the Magistrate's Court, Nik Rahimah also pleaded not guilty to a charge under Section 6 of Child Care Centre Act 1984, which carries fine of not more than RM1,000.
DPP S. Arunjothi acted for the prosecution and sought for RM5,000 bail.
Magistrate Nurul Izzah Hasan Basri however set bail at RM4,000 and set Sept 18 for mention.
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