Couple claims trial to neglecting baby after pleading guilty earlier

CHUKAI: A husband and wife who pleaded guilty to neglecting their seven-day-old baby boy earlier changed their plea in the Sessions Court here on Tuesday (May 28).

Nur Aisyah Azila Zairul Akmal, 21, and Muhammad Alhafiz Mukminin Mohd Noor, 24, claimed trial to the charge before Sessions judge Wan Suhaila Mohd.

Wan Suhaila set July 31 for mention and submission of documents as well as the results of a DNA test.

DPP Syairah Mohamad Razali appeared for the prosecution, while the accused were represented by Nurul Farhana Shamsudin from the National Legal Aid Foundation.

On Thursday (May 23), the couple pleaded guilty to the charge.

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They were jointly charged as persons who, having custody of the baby, neglected the infant in a manner likely to cause physical injury.

The offence was allegedly committed at a shop in Jalan Air Putih here between 7am and 7.15am on May 18.

The charge was framed under Section 31(1) (a) of the Child Act 2001 punishable under Section 31(1) of the same law read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

They faced a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 20 years, or both, upon conviction.

On Thursday, the court allowed bail of RM2,000 in one surety each and set today for sentencing. – Bernama

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