IPOH: A man charged with murdering his mother was acquitted but not discharged by the High Court here on grounds he was insane at the time he strangled and slashed her throat.
Chan Chee Keong, 55, was ordered to be detained at Hospital Bahagia in Ulu Kinta at the pleasure of the Perak Ruler.
Judicial Commissioner Anselm Charles Fernandis said the defence had proven the farmer was of unsound mind when he killed his 74-year-old mother in Kampung Baru Cina, Air Kuning on Sept 27, 2016.
Fernandis also said defence witness Dr Ian Lloyd, a consultant psychiatrist, had confirmed Chan was suffering from organic brain syndrome due to encephalitis – an acute inflammation of the brain.
Mum and daughter admit they abused girl
PETALING JAYA: A mother and daughter who confessed to abusing a girl, who later died, will be sentenced by the Sessions Court in January.
Norhayati Bidin, 61, and Norasmawati Tar Mohmad, 34, had abused the child, who was under five, between December 2015 and December 2017 at their home along Jalan 8/14, Bandar Sunway.
Norhayati was seen sobbing when the charges were read in Malay.
Judge Azwarnida Affandi fixed Jan 26 for tendering the medical and autopsy reports.
The duo, who are both jobless, are facing up to 10 years’ jail, a maximum RM20,000 fine or both.
AirAsia X makes maiden flight to Jeju island
JEJU: AirAsia X has become the first and only airline to offer direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jeju in South Korea, with its maiden flight to the island on Tuesday.
Flight D7 501 on an Airbus A330-300 landed at Jeju International Airport with 10 Malaysian media and 10 international crew members, among its passengers.
AirAsia X, the long-haul low-cost affiliate of AirAsia, will fly four times weekly from KLIA2 and Jeju International Airport on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
In conjunction with the launch of this latest destination, AirAsia X is offering promotional all-in-fares from RM249 one-way for standard seats. Seats will be available for booking on www.airasia.com until Dec 19 for travel between Dec 16 this year and Oct 27, 2018.
The Premium Flatbed is also available for booking at promotional all-in-fares from RM799.
Perak exco member’s aide killed in crash
IPOH: A special officer to a state executive councillor, his wife and younger sister were killed when their car crashed head-on with a lorry and landed in a ditch near Bota. The lorry driver and an assistant have been held.
Ahmad Nor Al-Zaidin Ahmad Azzudin, 35, wife Norhaslina Abdul Razak, 27, and his sister Nor Azira, 24, died on the spot in the 6.30am crash yesterday.
Ahmad Nor Al-Zaidin was the special officer to Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin, who holds the portfolio for public utilities, infrastructure, energy and water.
At the Changkat Melintang Hospital’s mortuary, Norhaslina’s mother Aminah Jabil, 65, said she last met her on Saturday, adding that the couple had come by her house in Chenderong Balai.
“My daughter hugged me really tight that day and that was the last I saw her,” she said.
Zainol Fadzi said Ahmad Nor had worked for him for the past eight years.
“I was shocked when told about it. He was not only my staff but more like family,” he said.
Top cop returns to serve in Penang
GEORGE TOWN: Bukit Aman Commercial Crime deputy director Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan will return to Penang to serve as its police chief on Jan 1 next year.
He will take over the role from Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye, who will retire on Dec 31.
Thaiveegan, 58, is no stranger to the state, having served as its deputy police chief between 2013 and 2016.
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