Mum fit to stand trial for murder

Mum fit to stand trial for murder

SINGAPORE - A woman accused of murdering her four-year-old son has been found fit to respond to the charges.

Noraidah Mohd Yussof, 32, appeared through video link at the mention of her case in court yesterday, following her psychiatric assessment.

Her family members have engaged veteran criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan to defend her.

The bespectacled woman was initially charged with causing grievous hurt to her son at a flat in Eunos on Aug 1 but that was upgraded to murder when the child died.

Noraidah also faces four other charges of ill-treating her son and causing him grievous hurt.

On July 30, she is said to have pushed him repeatedly on the chest, causing him to fall backwards.

That evening, she allegedly kicked him and stepped on his abdomen.

She allegedly pushed him on July 31, causing him unnecessary physical pain when he fell.

She is alleged also to have caused grievous hurt to him in March 2012, when he was two years old, by twisting and pulling his left arm and stepping on his body. This caused fractures to his left elbow and ribs.

Her legal representation told the court yesterday they needed further documents from the prosecution.

A pre-trial conference in the High Court has been set for Nov 4.

Noraidah will appear in the State Courts again on Nov 17.

This article was first published on September 9, 2014.
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