Woman pleads guilty to lift attack on Down syndrome man

Oo Saw Kee (centre) pleaded guilty to the charge of causing serious injury to a man with Down Syndrome.

BALIK PULAU: A 39-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of causing serious injury to a man with Down syndrome at the Sessions Court here on Tuesday (April 23).

Oo Saw Kee nodded in understanding after the charge sheet was read out to her.

It read that she intentionally caused serious injury to A. Solairaj, 33, by splashing hot water from a bottle at the victim, causing him to suffer burns in a lift at an apartment in Bayan Lepas at 9.24am on April 19.

She then pleaded guilty to the charge before Sessions Court judge Ahzal Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin at the Balik Pulau court here.

The sales promoter faced a charge under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing serious injury by using a weapon.

The charge provides imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine, or whipping, if found guilty.

Lawyer Edric Loo represented Oo pro bono while Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Noordin Ismail prosecuted the case.

It was reported on Friday (April 20) night that police detained a woman who allegedly splashed hot water on a man with Down syndrome in an apartment elevator, here.

Southwest acting police chief Deputy Supt Jafri Md Zain said the 39-year-old suspect was detained at 9.21pm in the apartment grounds.

"The woman resides in the apartment area and she was remanded today (April 20) to facilitate investigations into the incident," he said.

The incident happened when the 33-year-old victim was returning to his apartment home on the 16th floor.

The victim was taken to Penang Hospital and medical officers later confirmed that the victim suffered burns on the front and back of his right side due to exposure to hot water.

He was reported to be in stable condition.

A 20-second video of the incident also went viral on social media, with netizens condemning the woman's actions.

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