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Man charged with daughter’s murder, incest

PENANG, 12 May 2009: An odd-job worker was charged in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court today with murdering one daughter and committing incest with another between November 2004 and February this year.

The 40-year-old, from Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, was charged with murdering his daughter, Sarojini, in a house in Medan Angsana 1, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, between 7am and 7pm on 11 Nov 2004.

He faces a second charge of committing incest with another daughter, aged 14, in a men’s toilet on the 6th floor of the Farlim Complex in Ayer Itam at about 12.30pm on 7 Feb 2009. 

The murder charge carries the death penalty while the incest charge carries a maximum 20 years and whipping on conviction.

The man was seen shaking his head throughout the proceedings and did not show any response when the charges were read out to him.

His erratic behaviour repeatedly disrupted the proceedings, prompting magistrate Noor Aini Yusof to warn him to stop acting and give his attention to the court.

When the man, who was not represented, continued not to respond when the charges were read out to him, deputy public prosecutor Tan Gin Han asked the court to send him to a mental hospital for observation.

Noor Aini ordered that he be sent to Hospital Bahagia in Tanjung Rambutan for a month-long observation and fixed 12 June for mention. — Bernama

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