Babysitter in the dock over abuse charge

Babysitter in the dock over abuse charge

BUTTERWORTH - A magistrate's court fixed Dec 5 to mention the case of a babysitter charged with abusing a three-year-old child.

Magistrate Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Wahab fixed the date after Nor Faezah Said, 39, did not enter her plea on the charge.

She is charged with committing the offence at her house at Flat Seri Pinang near here at about 10am on Tuesday.

Nor Faezah was alleged to have exposed the child to emotional and physical injuries by tying his hands and legs with a string and a belt.

The offence is under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 and carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine not exceeding RM20,000 (S$7820).

When she was brought to court at about 10am yesterday, Nor Faezah pleaded guilty to the charge and the court then stood down to hear other matters pending Nor Faezah's sentencing.

When her case was called up again at 12.35pm and Nor Faezah was read the charge again by the court interpreter, she chose to remain silent and did not enter any plea.

Muhammad Firdaus then advised the accused to appoint a lawyer as she was unrepresented and fixed the case to be mentioned on Dec 5.

He also allowed her bail of RM8,000.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Khairul Fairuz Rahman appeared for the prosecution.

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