Zayn Rayyan’s parents plead not guilty to child neglect

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The parents of autistic boy, Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin, were charged in the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court today with negligence, which potentially caused physical injury to the child in December last year.

Zaim Ikhwan Zahari and Ismanira Abdul Manaf, both 29 years old, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them before Judge Dr Syahliza Warnoh.

Both claimed trial.

According to the charges, the couple is jointly accused of neglecting their 6-year-old son, Zayn Rayyan, potentially causing him physical injury.

The offence allegedly took place around Jalan PJU Damansara Damai between 12.00pm on December 5 and 9.55pm on December 6.

The charges were brought under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, read together with Section 34 of the same act, which provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to 20 years, or both, upon conviction.

Before the charges were read, the court interpreter asked both defendants if they were in good health. Zaim Ikhwan replied that he was healthy, while Ismanira reported feeling unwell and suffering bouts of vomiting.

Deputy public prosecutors Ku Hayati Ku Haron and Ahmad Zuhaini Mahamad Amin appeared for the prosecution, while lawyers Fahmi Abd Moin and Mahmud Jumaat represented Zaim Ikhwan and Ismanira, respectively.

Ku Hayati offered bail at RM15,000 each, with the additional condition that they surrender their passports to the court and report to the nearby police station every month.

However, Fahmi appealed for a bail of RM5,000, citing that the purpose of the bail was solely for the accused’s court appearances, and agreed to the additional conditions.

“My client (Zaim Ikhwan) is cooperating fully with the police.


“I believe this court can balance the principles between public interest and the welfare of our client. If they cannot afford bail, they will have to stay in jail. They will also attend court without fail,” he said.

Mahmud requested a lower bail for Ismanira as well on the grounds that she is unemployed and dealing with severe depression.

He cited that she also has to care for her second child, who has severe speech delay and autism, requiring ongoing treatment.

Judge Dr Syahliza fixed bail at RM10,000 in one surety each and allowed additional conditions.

The accused persons were to report themselves at the nearest police station and not to harass the prosecution witnesses.

No conditions were imposed on the passports as the court was informed that the travel documents had expired.

The case is fixed for mention on July 26.

Meanwhile, relentless social media posts on the controversial Zayn murder case have prompted the defence team of his parents to seek a gag order at the Sessions Court.

Fahmi made an oral application to obtain a gag order against the public not to make posts that could be tantamount to sub judice in the case.

Ku Hayati said the prosecution would leave it to the judge’s discretion but also made an application to bar the couple from making posts on their social media accounts on the case.

Fahmi replied that the defence agreed to the prosecution’s application and reiterated that they would seek a gag order on the public.

Ku Hayati responded that such an application was “too general” and that although there was limitation, freedom of speech was enjoyed by everyone.

“If there is a violation (of the order on the public at large), what kind of remedy can be taken?

“When it comes to a gag order, we usually have a specific target group,” she said.

Dr Syahliza then made an order for a gag on parties involved in the case from posting about the case.

In the case of Zayn’s grandparents, they were released on police bail with conditions.

Fahmi, who is representing the grandparents, said the couple was detained to assist police investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Earlier reports:

June 12, Zayn Rayyan’s grandparents arrested in murder probe

June 4, Zayn Rayyan’s grandfather appoints new lawyer for remanded parents

June 1, Murdered autistic boy Zayn Rayyan’s parents arrested