JOHOR BARU: A 28-year-old woman has pleaded guilty at the Session Court here to two charges of negligence that might have caused physical injuries to two babies at a childcare centre.
The accused, Nurul Shahira A’shiqin Sulaiman, made the plea after the charges were read to her in front of Judge Datuk Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim yesterday.
According to the charge sheet, the accused had acted negligently, which might have caused physical injuries to an 11-month-old baby girl and a nine-month-old baby boy.
The offence was carried out at Jalan Utama 34 in Taman Mutiara Rini here at 1pm in March.
The accused was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years or a fine of up to RM50,000, or both, upon conviction.
The case is prosecuted by deputy public prosecutor Nurul Syafiqah Sha’ari while the accused is represented by Syufri A. Samad.
During the proceedings, Nurul Syafiqah requested for another date to be set for the sentence hearing and mitigation.
She also requested bail be set at RM15,000 for each charge, along with additional terms for the accused to hand over her international passport to the court, not to disturb any witnesses or victims, and to report to the nearest police station until the case is over.
Syufri, in the accused’s defence, then requested a lower bail on the ground that the accused has a monthly income of just RM1,500 and is taking care of her elderly parents.
“Her husband works as a factory operator and only earns about RM2,000,” he said.
The court then granted bail at RM8,000 for each charge with one surety.