Unemployed man pleads guilty to hurting mum, sister with butcher's knife

MELAKA: An unemployed man pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here to two counts of violence against his mother and younger sibling by hurting them with a butcher's knife.

The plea of Muhammad Hidayat Abu Samad, 24, on the two offences, was recorded before Judge Mohd Sabri Ismail on Tuesday (March 28).

On the first offence, he was charged with voluntarily causing hurt to his mother Sapiah Abdul Kadir, 49, with a butcher's knife.

The offence was committed at a house at No 1, Jalan BLI, Taman Bukit Larang Indah, here on March 10 at about 10pm.

For the second offence at the same place and time, Muhammad Hidayat had voluntarily caused hurt to his 11-year-old sibling with the same weapon.

He was charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 326A, for both the offences.

The Section provides for a jail term of up to 40 years and a fine and/or whipping if convicted.

The court also ordered for Muhammad Hidayat to undergo a mental assessment at Permai Hospital in Tampoi, Johor.

The court allowed the application under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) where the accused will undergo a mental examination to ascertain his mental state.

The court also fixed April 19 as the next mention date.

Muhammad Hidayat was unrepresented.

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