Perlis student faces the mandatory death sentence for allegedly dumping her newborn in a toilet cistern filled with water.
Nur Azian Khalid, 22, was charged at the magistrate’s court for dumping her newborn girl in a toilet cistern at a petrol station in Kangar at about 6.35am on Sept 1.
The accused, who was still in confinement, nodded when the charge was read to her before magistrate Mohd Azhar Hamzah.
No plea was recorded from the accused, who showed no emotion as she stood in the dock, clad in baju kurung and blue headscarf.
However, some of her family members, who occupied half the courtroom’s public gallery, burst into tears as the charge was read.
A counsellor from the university where the accused was studying was also present.
Charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, Nur Azian, who is unmarried, faces the mandatory death penalty if found guilty.
She was alleged to have caused the death of her newborn at a petrol station in Jalan Kaki Bukit.
It was reported that a petrol station attendant was shocked when he discovered the baby’s remains, with her umbilical cord still attached, inside the toilet cistern filled with water.
Police identified the accused based on the footage obtained from the closed-circuit television camera at the petrol station and arrested her at a house in Beseri at 2pm on the day of the incident.
The court fixed Dec 14 for mention pending chemistry and post-mortem reports.