PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The prosecution's appeal against a High Court's decision to acquit a woman accused of murdering her domestic maid has been set for case management on March 4, to enable the woman to engage a lawyer.
Deputy registrar Darmafikri Abu Adam set the date in chambers after the case was sent for case management on Tuesday (Jan 14).
Lawyer Lim Wei Qi, who is holding a watching brief for the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Penang, told reporters that S. Ambika was unrepresented and sought the time to engage a lawyer.
The case was called up in the Court of Appeal for mention earlier on Tuesday.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Dhiya Syazwani Izyan Mohd Akhir informed the three-member panel that they were able to locate Ambika and she was present in court.
Previously, the prosecution were unable to serve Ambika the letter to notify her to attend court.
Justice Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, who presided with Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail and Datuk Abu Bakar Jais, subsequently instructed the case to go for case management before the deputy registrar.
In April last year, the Penang High Court acquitted Ambika, 61, of murdering her domestic worker Adelina Lisao, 26, an Indonesian national, at her house in Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, Penang on Feb 10,2018.
Adelina succumbed to multiple organ failure following alleged abuse.
In his judgment, High Court Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir said Ambika was set free mid-trial as the Deputy Public Prosecutor did not offer valid grounds for requesting a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA).
He said the defence lawyer had urged the court to grant an acquittal, citing the accused's age and failing health, under Section 254(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, adding that under that section, it was clear that the court had in certain circumstances the discretion to order an acquittal instead of DNAA. – Bernama