GEORGE TOWN: The teenager who was charged with murdering her newborn baby girl arrived in court in a wheelchair on Thursday (Oct 15).
M. Santhiea, 18, was wheeled into court by her parents and appeared ill when presented before Magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap.
Her lawyer, RSN Rayer, said she was still undergoing outpatient treatment at the Penang Hospital's orthopedic department.
"She is seeking treatment and has been granted bail by the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya," he said.
Santhiea allegedly killed the baby at 8.25am on July 10 at Sri Ivory Apartment, Bandar Baru in Ayer Itam by tossing the baby out of her 13th floor apartment.
She was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Santhiea was granted bail after Section 388(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code was raised in the Court of Appeal, which allows the court the discretion to grant bail to a woman and also a sick or infirm person despite Section 302 being a non-bailable offence.
In court, DPP Muhammad Shahrezal Mohd Shukri requested for a new date to be set for case management as the forensic report on the post-mortem examination of the baby was not ready.
Jamaliah set Dec 17 as the new case management date.
Rayer, outside court, said Santhiea was advised to be in a wheelchair as she had hurt her back due to complications during childbirth.
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