Childcare worker denies selling baby

Childcare worker denies selling baby
PHOTO: The New Paper

KUALA LUMPUR - An illegal childcare centre worker pleaded not guilty at the Selayang Sessions Court here to selling a day-old baby girl two weeks ago.

Nik Rahimah Nik Mohd Nawi, 54, allegedly committed the human-trafficking offence at Gombak Medical Centre Sdn Bhd in Taman Seri Gombak, Gombak, here at about 1.25pm on Aug 3.

DPP Nur Hafizah Rajuni asked that no bail be given to Nik Rahimah.

Lawyer Datuk Sukri Mohamed argued that Nik Rahimah should be given bail because she has five children who are dependent on her.

"My client has been remanded for 14 days and she has been cooperative throughout," he said, adding that Nik Rahimah earns less than RM2,000 (S$685) and lives with her husband who sells clothes for a living.

Judge Tasnim Abu Bakar set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and Sept 18 for mention.

A restraining order was issued so Nik Rahimah must stay away from the victim's family. She must also surrender her passport.

Clad in a leopard-print blouse and grey skirt with her face covered by a scarf, Nik Rahimah was also escorted to a magistrate's court where she claimed trial to managing an unregistered childcare centre.

The court set bail at RM4,000.

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