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Ipoh housewife faces child murder charge

IPOH (ANN/THE STAR) – A 27-year-old housewife from Ipoh, Malaysia, Wan Fatimah Zahra Wan Abdullah, has been charged with the murder of her best friend’s five-year-old daughter, Iman Adelia Yusullah. 

The charge was read out before Magistrate S Punitha on Friday (June 21), to which Wan Fatimah nodded in understanding.

No plea was recorded as murder cases fall under the purview of the High Court. The alleged murder took place in a house at Jalan Kledang Raya 23, Taman Malcop in Ipoh between June 5 and 10.

The charge is under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty or imprisonment for up to 40 years and 12 strokes of the cane upon conviction. 

Deputy Public Prosecutor Vatchira Wong Rui Fern appeared for the prosecution, while the accused was not represented.

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Wong requested the court to deny bail. Punitha set August 28 for mention pending the chemist’s report.

During the proceedings, the victim’s family members from Pahang, including the child’s mother, were present and wept. Before leaving the court, the child’s mother asked the accused, “Why did you do this to my daughter?”

The incident was reported on June 11 when a child was suspected to have been abused, resulting in her death. Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad stated that the accused and her 66-year-old husband had been looking after the girl for a few months. 

The victim showed signs of being beaten all over her body with a blunt object, and there were also tears in her private parts and anus.

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