Court postpones case mention of ex-lecturer charged with killing husband

SEREMBAN: The Magistrate’s Court here has postponed the case mention of a 55-year-old former lecturer accused of stabbing her husband to death at their home here to April 22.

Magistrate Norzaliza Tesmin made the decision after the prosecution said it had yet to get the post-mortem, chemistry and psychiatric reports on Lau Seck Yan, who is facing a charge of murdering 55-year-old Poh Seng Hiap.

The court had on Feb 25 ordered the accused to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at Hospital Permai in Johor Baru and fixed Wednesday (March 23) for mention.

Lau was also not present in court today as she is still under observation.

She was charged on Jan 28 with murdering her husband at their home at the Rasah Kemayan Golf and Country Township near here.

Poh, an accountant, was reportedly stabbed in the chest and abdomen.

Lau was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

The accused, who had contested as an Independent candidate for the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election in 2018, allegedly committed the offence between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Jan 23.

No plea has been recorded from her yet.

The couple have four daughters.

When her case was brought up for case mention on Feb 25, her counsel had asked the court to send the accused for a psychiatric evaluation as she had a history of turning aggressive and violent with the deceased.

The court was also told that the accused always had suicidal thoughts and suffered from a bipolar condition and extreme mood swings.

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