SHAH ALAM - A lorry driver walked out a free man after the High Court here acquitted him of murdering his two-week-old son.
Justice Akhtar Tahir said the wife, daughter and brother-in-law of R. Ramesh, 42, had given consistent evidence that Ramesh was so intoxicated that he could not stand upright and that he acted violently against them.
However, he said there were contradictions among them when the wife claimed that she had seen Ramesh grabbing a knife and swinging it at the baby but the daughter had testified that her mother was not in the house when it happened.
While the daughter claimed to see the knife, her uncle (the accused's brother-in-law) had denied seeing the weapon, he said.
"Due to the contradictions, it is difficult for the court to determine what actually happened.
"The mental state of the accused needs to be questioned," he said before ordering the acquittal Friday.
Ramesh had faced the mandatory death penalty when he was charged with murdering Kiran Raj at their home at Taman Bernam Jaya in Hulu Bernam at 12.05am on April 12 last year.
A doctor had given evidence that the baby was stomped on and kicked, causing his death.
DPP Iswa Tonie prosecuted while Ramesh was represented by Sreekanth Pillai.