JITRA - The woman who chopped her stillborn baby into eight pieces and flushed away the body parts was sentenced to one year in jail by a magistrate's court here yesterday.
Farihah Abd Aziz, 31, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty when charged with intentionally hiding the stillborn girl, cutting up the body into eight pieces and flushing down the body parts into a septic tank in Kampung Manggol, Mukim Malau, Jitra, between 1pm and 3pm on July 6.
The offence under Section 318 of the Penal Code provides for a jail term of not more than two years or a fine, or both.
State National Legal Aid Foundation counsel Ummi Kalthum Zakaria, who represented Farihah, urged magistrate Nur Shahida Abd Rahim to impose a light sentence.
"The accused is the only child in the family and stays with her mother, who is a rubber tapper. Her father died many years ago," she said when mitigating for Farihah.
Magistrate Nur Shahida ordered Farihah to serve her sentence from yesterday.
Farihah was calm. Her mother shielded her from media photographers when she left the court lock-up to a police van to be sent to Pokok Sena Prison.