A soldier was charged in the Port Dickson Magistrate’s Court today with the murder of his nine-year-old daughter last month.
Mohammad Abdullah Mohamed, 35, nodded after the charge was read out before Magistrate Siti Khariah Abdul Razak, but no plea was recorded.
A sergeant in the armed forces, he was charged with culpable homicide of Nur Aina Nabihah, with the offence allegedly committed at Taman Vista Jaya, Lukut, between 8.30 pm and 11.30pm on January 31.
He is facing the death sentence, as provided under Section 302 of the Penal Code, if found guilty.
The accused was not represented.
The court set March 15 for mention.
Police arrested the suspect and his wife, who was the victim’s stepmother, on Feb 1 after a post-mortem conducted on Nur Aina Nabihah showed serious injuries caused by a blunt object.
The child suffered various injuries, including a punctured intestine, damaged liver and broken ribs.
The father had apparently found her unconscious at their Taman Vista Jaya home in Lukut around 11.30pm on Jan 31.
He then tried to resuscitate the victim but she did not regain consciousness.
He rushed her to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban but she was pronounced dead an hour later.
The accused’s 34-year-old wife, who was Nur Aina’s stepmother, was released on bond under Section 118 of the Penal Code and will be produced in court as the prosecution’s witness.
Police had questioned the father in June last year following a report lodged by the victim’s biological mother after finding swellings on her body.
Police referred the case to the deputy public prosecutor but no further action was taken.
The father has admitted to biting the child on her neck, the New Straits Times reported.
It is believed that Nur Aina had been treated like a ‘commando’ recruit, as she was regularly forced to do push-ups, sit-ups and squats; and was routinely beaten, kicked and stomped on by her biological father.
“He also admitted to forcing the victim to do 500 push-ups. It was believed that the victim has been abused since early last year to ‘cure’ her of her stubbornness,” Port Dickson district police chief Superintendent Zainudin Ahmad was quoted saying.