SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - A 41-year-old man has been charged with the death of a six-month-old baby boy.
No plea was recorded when the charge was read out to cleaning services company manager Wong Weng Yew by a magistrate's court interpreter here yesterday.
Wong accused of having intentionally caused the death of Esmen Zeus Yves at a house in Kota Kemuning here between May 28 and May 31.
The baby's remains were found in a ravine in Genting Highlands on June 4 after an Indonesian maid, who claimed to be working with the accused for two years, reported that her son had gone missing.
Wong was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Magistrate Norshakinah Ahmad Kamarudin fixed July 14 for mention of the case.
DPP Siti Rohaida Che Hamid prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented.
Wong's 34-year-old wife, who was initially arrested with him, was released on a court bond of RM50,000 (S$19,450). She will become a prosecution witness. The accused has one child and five stepchildren.
It was reported that the 33-year-old Indonesian woman had given birth to Esmen late last year, apparently after being raped.
During police investigations, it was found that Esmen's body had been wrapped in a plastic bag and kept in a luggage bag, which was then thrown into the ravine.