Infanticide case: Indonesian woman ordered to undergo psychiatric observation

File photo depicting the Kuching Court Complex.

KUCHING, Dec 6: A 23-year-old Indonesian woman, Jamilah Amin, has been directed to undergo psychiatric observation for one month after being implicated in a case of infanticide involving her newborn.

The order, invoking Section 342(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, was issued due to concerns about Jamilah’s mental state.

Jamilah’s counsel, Ralph Lee, emphasised the necessity of a psychiatric evaluation, citing potential disturbances to her mental balance.

Lee stated that considering the possibility of her being of unsound mind, it is essential for Jamilah to articulate her defense properly.

Sessions Court Judge Saiful Bahari Adzmi mandated the psychiatric observation at Hospital Sentosa and set Jan 22, 2024, for further mention of the case.

Jamilah Amin pleaded not guilty to the charge under Section 309B of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum imprisonment term of up to 20 years, along with fines.

The alleged infanticide occurred behind Curry House Restaurant MJC Batu Kawah at around 9.50pm on Nov 22. — DayakDaily