Maid jailed eight years for killing her newborn

Maid jailed eight years for killing her newborn

KAJANG - A Sessions Court judge told an Indonesian maid that killing her baby soon after giving birth to the boy will not solve any of her problems.

"It is brutal and inhumane to kill your own child," judge Nor Hazani Hamzah told Juliana, 26, who pleaded guilty to using a pair of scissors to kill her newborn.

She admitted committing the crime at a house in Taman Bukit Kajang Baru here at about 9pm on March 22.

She was charged under Section 309B of the Penal Code, which provides a jail term of up to 20 years in jail and a fine upon conviction.

The judge sentenced the maid, known only by a single name, to eight years in prison from the date of her arrest on March 23.

Nor Hazani said she hoped the sentence meted out against the maid would serve as a lesson to her.

Counsel Nor Elissa Baharudin, who acted for Juliana, said her client was desperate to commit the act because she did not want her job terminated by her employer as she was the sole breadwinner for her family and parents in Indonesia.

DPP Siaw Chooi Chin applied for a harsher sentence as the offence committed was brutal.

According to the statement of facts, Juliana came to the Serdang Hospital on March 23 complaining of stomach ache. Doctors found the accused had just given birth.

Police found she had stabbed the newborn's neck with a pair of scissors. She later wrapped the body in a garbage bag and kept it under a bed.

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