Published: Thursday October 11, 2012 MYT 1:01:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 11, 2012 MYT 9:17:30 PM
‘Samurai woman’ to undergo month-long mental evaluation
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
PUTRAJAYA: A Sessions Court here has ordered the woman who ran amok with a samurai-sword wielding man outside of the Prime Minister's Department in July to be detained for a month-long mental evaluation.
Judge Mohamed Kamil Nizam also ordered for the trial of Muhdalena Ahmad, initially fixed for Thursday and Friday, to be adjourned. The court fixed Nov 23 for mention on the outcome of that evaluation.
In July, Muhdalena was charged with committing criminal intimidation by threatening to cause grievous hurt to a policeman and a second charge of having a sword in her possession.
Muhdalena's lawyer M. Visvanathan earlier applied for his client to be sent for the evaluation under Section 342 of the Penal Code in order to prepare for her defence.
The application was supported by a medical report from Putrajaya Hospital that stated Muhdalena's diagnosis as 'Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features' and 'Delusional Disorder with Depressive Disorder'.
According to the report, Muhdalena, 28, often experienced deja vu, nightmares and bizarre encounters where "she felt she was a warrior from the past who is ready for battle".
"The symptoms of this disorder are delusions and hallucinations. The accused is currently on a medication of anti-depressants where she is taking 100mg Sertraline and 200mg Sulpiride daily.
"The medical report also suggest for the accused to be referred to a forensic psychiatric expert," Visvanathan said.
At the same proceeding, Muhdalena was charged with two additional charges under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959.
She claimed trial to disobeying an order to drop her weapon, as ordered by L/Kpl Ridzuan Megat Ahmad at a restricted area.
She also pleaded not guilty to disobeying an order by a Minister, by being present at the premise without having a pass card or permit issued by any authority.
The alleged offences were committed in the vicinity of Complex B of the Prime Minister's Department here at around 2.30pm on July 9.
Muhdalena faces a two year imprisonment or a RM1,000 fine or both, upon conviction. The court allowed bail at RM1,500 with one surety for both counts.
Muhdalena and her partner Khalil Afendi shocked the country when they ran amok outside of the Prime Minister's Department on July 9.
Both were shot by the police and Khalil died at Putrajaya Hospital after succumbing to injuries.
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