Woman accused of stabbing bus driver talks to herself

GEORGE TOWN - The woman charged in a magistrate's court here with injuring a RapidPenang bus captain with a dangerous weapon, used to talk and laugh to herself but never harmed anyone.

Accused Chong Lan Keow's ne­­­p­hew, who declined to be named, said his aunt showed signs of being mentally unsound about 20 years ago.

"She talks and laughs to herself, but she has never harmed anyone before this," he said when met outside the courtroom yesterday.

Chong was charged with intentionally causing hurt to Aisyamudin Yaacob, 27, with a knife.

She allegedly committed the of­­fence in a RapidPenang bus in Relau at 6.50am on Monday.

After repeatedly being asked for her plea, Chong at one point nodded her head and said "yes".

DPP Noor Azura Zulkiflee then told the court that Chong could be uncertain of the charge and the consequences of her plea.

Chong's counsel Norliza Mohd Ali, from the National Legal Aid Founda­tion said the accused was believed to be mentally unsound, but there were no documents to prove it.

The court ordered Chong to undergo a psy­chiatric evaluation for a month in Tanjung Ram­butan and fixed Nov 10 to mention the case.