The Port Dickson Magistrate’s Court today ordered a seven-day remand on a soldier and his wife to assist investigations into the death of the man’s nine-year-old daughter.
- Victim suffered severe injuries to kidneys, ruptured intestine, fractured ribs, bruises on body
- Father beat with a belt used by military personnel, kicked and stepped until child urinated, hit her with stool
- Last year, ex-wife lodged a report against man for abusing the child
- Man’s mother in denial that he could inflict such abuse on her granddaughter
The suspect and his wife, both in their 30s, were alleged to have abused Nur Aina Nabihah Muhammad Abdullah and causing her death at their home in Lukut near Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan.
The couple, clad in bright orange lock-up uniforms, arrived at the court at 9 am with their hands cuffed and escorted by police personnel.
It was reported that the girl, believed to have been abused, died while being taken to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban after she was found unconscious by her father at their house in Taman Vista Jaya, Lukut, Port Dickson, at 12.30 am yesterday.
An initial examination found bruises on her body.
The post-mortem showed that the girl suffered severe injuries to internal organs such as the kidneys, as well as ruptured intestine and fractures on both the left and right ribs.
The injuries were believed to have been inflicted with blunt objects.
Police arrested the girl’s father after the autopsy.
Port Dickson district police chief Zainudin Ahmad said based on the initial testimony of the girl’s father, he had beaten his daughter with a belt commonly used by military personnel, as well as kicked and stepped on his daughter until she urinated.
“The suspect had also confessed to have hit the deceased using a small plastic stool,” Zainudin said.
It was reported that a background check on the father uncovered a previous report against him by his ex-wife for abusing the same victim last year.
Apparently, the deputy public prosecutor had decided no further action to be taken on the grounds the father carried out the beating for disciplinary purposes to educate the child.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Meanwhile, the grandmother of the victim refused to believe that the child had been abused by her father.
Jara Bibi Sultan Mohammad, 70, said her son was still humane despite being a strict man.
“He is firm only when it comes to educating (his children) but not to the extent of breaking their bones like how the media had portrayed.
“Indeed, he does cane (his children) in order to teach them. He is a soldier, a strict person but would never abuse let alone kill them,” she said.
Nur Aina’s remains were buried at the Kampung Kepayang Muslim cemetery.