By S. Harrish
A 20-year-old woman who threw her newborn baby into a drain was fined RM5,000 by the Magistrate’s Court in Kuching today.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of concealing the birth by committing the act earlier this year.
According to the facts of the case, she allegedly threw the baby into the drain between 7 pm and 12 midnight on January 18, in Bandar Baru Semariang.
The baby girl was later found dead by the public at the drain.
The Borneo Post reports that the accused had then gone to Sarawak General Hospital for treatment due to bleeding.
The doctor on duty examined her and found that she was suffering from severe bleeding and showed signs of childbirth and there was a tear on her private part.
The doctor suspected that she had given birth, but she denied it and refused to speak about it.
Later, a DNA test was carried out on the baby and it matched with the woman’s.
Welfare Department officers recommended to the court that the accused be given a fine due to her age and mitigating circumstances.
The accused cried and appealed for a minimum penalty because she regretted her actions.
The mother of the accused told the court that her daughter was starting to show a change of attitude and was helping her in earning an income by selling kuih.