Laughing man to undergo test

Laughing man to undergo test
In the dock: Abdul Manaf arriving at the courthouse in Butterworth.

BUTTERWORTH - The Sessions Court here has ordered a man to undergo one month's evaluation at Hospital Bahagia Tanjung Rambutan when he laughed loudly after an attempted murder charge was read to him.

Judge Julie Lack Abdullah ordered general worker Abdul Manaf Jasin, 32, from Kampung Kepala Batas, Jalan Teluk Ipil, Nibong Tebal to be sent to the psychiatric hospital for evaluation.

He was charged with using a penknife in the attempted murder of L/Kpl Khairil Anuar Zahari, 31, at 12.30pm on Dec 7 at a house in Kampung Kepala Batas.

The offence under Section 307 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail term of 20 years.

Abdul Manaf, who was not represented, merely laughed when the charge was read to him yesterday.

The court fixed Jan 15 for mention pending the victim's medical report and the accused's psychiatric report.

DPP Siti Aishah Ramlan represented the prosecution.

It was earlier reported that Abdul Manaf, who was arrested under anti-crime exercise Ops Cantas for alleged drug offences, had allegedly slit L/Kpl Khairil Anuar on the neck with the penknife when he was brought back to his house to collect his MyKad.

The police officer from the South Seberang Prai Narcotics Department had a wound that was about 1.5cm deep and 10cm long from the neck to his left cheek.

He had to be given 21 stitches for the injury.

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