Thursday February 7, 2013
Court orders grandma to be sent to mental hospital
SHAH ALAM: A High Court here has ordered that a 57-year-old woman who smothered her granddaughter to death with a pillow be sent to a mental hospital after finding her to be of unsound mind when she committed the crime.
Tan Kooi Eng, who did not react when the decision was read by Justice Abdul Alim Abdullah, was acquitted on grounds of insanity but ordered to be kept in safe custody at a mental hospital at the pleasure of the state Ruler.
Tan murdered Pow Mei Shaang, 10, at an apartment on the 8th floor of a condominium in Puchong at around 11pm on Jan 30 last year.
It was reported that Tan smothered Mei Shaang to death with a pillow, then cut off her own finger, before trying to jump out of the condominium’s window.
She was later arrested and sent for psychiatric treatment at a hospital.
A medical report stated that Tan suffered from psychotic depression and was not conscious of the consequence of her actions.
DPP Harris Ong Mohd Jeffrey Ong prosecuted while Tan was represented by S. K. Thong.