Something doesn’t add up, says lawyer in Kamal Adli assault case


Bloody mess: Kamal was rushed to a hospital in Singapore after being attacked by a man with a baton. — Photo taken from social media

SINGAPORE: The lawyer representing a man who allegedly assaulted Malaysian actor Kamal Adli told the Singapore Court he had requested for the Prisons Department and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) to conduct another psychiatric assessment on his client.

Wee Hong Shern said he had made the request on July 4 and is waiting for a clarification report from IMH or “at least some clarification from the prison”.

“In my course of conducting my interview (with the accused) it seems (there’s) quite a bit of an issue with the medical report ... the things that don’t really match up.

“I’m not an expert so I asked the prison and for the IMH to conduct another assessment on him (the accused).

“It is more fruitful if we get a longer adjournment,” he said.

District Judge Terence Tay however said he “prefers to give a shorter adjournment” and fixed July 31 for the next mention of the case.

Tay maintained no-bail for the accused.

“When I see him, (he is) quite different from the medical report ... more remorseful,” said Wee when approached by Bernama outside the courtroom.

“Hope we could do a fresh diagnosis. I have requested for it already. I hope they agree,” he replied.

The accused appeared via a video link yesterday.

The court had in March ruled the man to be remanded for three weeks to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the institute.

The 33-year-old man was charged at State Courts on March 14 for “his suspected involvement in a case of voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapon”.

If convicted, the offence of voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapon under Section 324 of the Penal Code carries an imprisonment term which may extend to seven years, a fine, caning, or any combination of such punishments.

On March 12, police were alerted to a case at 1 Expo Drive where the suspect had allegedly assaulted the 36-year actor with a baton which was seized by the police as a case exhibit.

Kamal subsequently had to undergo surgery at a hospital here.

Kamal and his wife Uqasha Senrose were in Singapore for the three-day Hari Raya Mega Sale 2023, at Hall 5A of the Singapore Expo when the incident happened at the end of the event.

The prosecution had told the court they were ready to proceed with the case.

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