Published: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 1:51:00 PM
Updated: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 3:04:44 PM
Aunt of toddler who died during exorcism ritual found fit for trial
By DERRICK VINESH
BUTTERWORTH: The aunt of a toddler, who died during a exorcism ritual, has been found by a Sessions Court here to be fit for trial, although she was suffering mental problems during the incident.
Sessions judge Ikmal Hishan Mohd Tajuddin accepted a psychiatric report from Hospital Bahagia, Tanjung Rambutan, which stated that Chua Ah Luan, 40, could stand trial. He allowed Ah Luan to be released on a RM4,000 bail with one surety, pending trial.
Ah Luan, a school teacher, was jointly charged with six other family members on Aug 17, with causing the death of her niece, aged two years and nine months, through a rash or negligent act. The others were the child's parents, Chua Seng Ban and Lim She Lee, both 35, grandmother Ong Soh Guat, 67, uncle Chua Seng Hoo, 29, and cousins Loke Xin Lin, 21 and a 16-year old boy.
They were alleged to have committed the offence at a house in Lorong Bukit Minyak 19, Taman Bukit Minyak in Bukit Tengah near Bukit Mertajam, between 7.50pm and 10.52pm on Aug 5, 2012.
She Lee was seen wiping her tears with a handkerchief outside the court, but the rest of her family members were calm. Judge Ikmal Hishan also granted DPP Siti Aishah Ramlan's request to use Section 396 of the Criminal Procedure Code to record a statement from the family's Indonesian maid.
He also fixed Oct 4 for mention.