Rubber tapper pleads not guilty to allowing daughter to eat cannabis-laced cookies

PETALING JAYA: A rubber tapper pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court in Taiping for negligence leading to his daughter consuming cookies laced with cannabis last week.

The accused, Mohamad Firdaus Hassim, 39, made the plea after the charges were read out to him in front of Judge Nabisha Ibrahim, reports Malay language daily Sinar Harian on Tuesday (June 6).

According to the charge sheet, the accused, as the father to a 10-year-old was found negligent for exposing the child to danger by allowing her to consume the cannabis-laced cookies he made, leading to physical and health injuries to the victim.

He was accused of committing the act in a house at Kampung Bagan Lawin, Gerik, at around 7.30pm on May 29.

The accused was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 which provides for a fine of RM50,000 or a prison term of up to 20 years or both if found guilty.

The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Waffy Ismail while the accused was not represented.

Earlier, Mohd Waffy did not offer any bail to the accused, since it involved a serious offence, taking into consideration the child was living with him.

The court later set the case for mention on July 6 while waiting a medical report on the child and appointment of a lawyer.

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