College student charged with causing infant’s death

The accused being led by two policewomen to the court room. —Photo by Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: A college student was charged with causing the death of her newborn baby girl at a magistrate’s court here yesterday.

No plea was recorded from the accused, Betty Kulleh , 23, a third-year diploma student who hails from Belaga.

Magistrate Zulhairil Sulaiman ordered the accused to be further remanded in jail as it is a non-bailable offence.    He fixed May 19 for further mention pending the completion of a chemist’s report.

The accused is charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which provides for a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The incident allegedly took place on her ground floor flat in Samajaya at about 6am on April 11.

The dead baby, stuffed in a box, was found by a cleaner around 10.30am at the rubbish dump near the flat.

Inspector Hisyam Junaidi prosecuted while Betty was unrepresented.

Her boyfriend, parents and relatives were also present in court.

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