Hazmi Majid, 36, will not stand trial in the Sexual Crimes Court Against Children, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin told the Dewan Rakyat today.
The deputy minister in charge of law in the Prime Minister’s Department said the man suspected of raping 11-month-old Nur Muazara Ulfa Mohammad Zainal – better known as Baby Zara – has been charged with murder and will be tried in a regular court.
“This is also a murder case and isn’t purely a sexual case. I think there could be some problems if the case was brought to the Sexual Crimes Court Against Children.
“At this time I don’t see it being brought to the special court. Since this is a murder, it will be taken to a normal court,” Hanipa said
He was replying to a supplementary question from Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (Barisan Nasional) during Question Time.
Hazmi, who works as a barber, was charged in the Magistrate’s Court last week with murder, under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence.
The father of one is expected to be charged again in the Sessions Court this week on two counts of inserting an object into the baby’s private parts and anus, under Section 377CA of the Penal Code.
The offence was allegedly committed at a unit in Sri Cempaka Apartment, Jalan 6/3, Seksyen 16, Bandar Baru Bangi, between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Nov 7.
Hazmi’s wife, who was Zara’s babysitter, was released on bond and will be a prosecution witness in the case.