Man charged with stabbing pregnant wife sent for mental examination

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – An assistant audio engineer at a television station in Malaysia was charged in the Sessions Court yesterday with voluntarily causing hurt to his heavily-pregnant wife.

However, no plea was recorded from Zulkifli Taib, 38, who appeared restless inside the accused dock after the charge was read out to him before judge Mahyon Talib. The accused who was unrepresented suddenly burst into tears when the judge asked him whether he understood the charge.

Several family members of the accused present at the proceeding were also seen crying upon seeing him crying.

Mahyon then allowed an application under Section 342(5) of the Criminal Procedure Code by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurliyana Mohd Jafri for the accused to undergo mental examination at Hospital Bahagia in Ulu Kinta, Perak.

Nurliyana said the accused also had an appointment at the Putrajaya Health Clinic on December 6. Zulkifli was charged with voluntarily causing hurt to his 35-year-old wife by stabbing her spleen with a folding knife at a house in Presint 9, Putrajaya at 9am on November 8.

The charge, under Section 324 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of not more than 10 years, or a fine, or whipping, or with any two of such punishments, upon conviction.