BABYSITTER CHARGED WITH ABUSE AND DISPOSING OF ADAM RAYQAL’S BODY
Babysitter pleads not guilty to abusing boy, disposing of body to conceal death
ABABYSITTER was charged yesterday in the Selayang Sessions Court with two counts of abusing a baby boy, leading to him being injured in the head, and disposing of the body to conceal his death.
Noor Aqilah Abd Rahman, 33, pleaded not guilty to the two charges that were read out to her before judge Syafeera Mohd Said. The court set Aug 13 for mention of the case.
The offences allegedly took place at her rented house in Jalan Nakhoda Kiri 3, Batu Caves, between 6.20pm and 6.50pm on July 3.
On the first charge, under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, Noor Aqilah is accused of abusing 5-month-old Adam Rayqal Mohd Sufi Naeif that led to a head injury.
The act provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to 20 years, or both, if convicted.
Noor Aqilah, who was previously a cook, is also accused of disposing of Adam Rayqal’s body with the intention of concealing his death.
The charge, under Section 201 of the Penal Code, provides for the convicted person to be sentenced to a maximum imprisonment of three years and liable to a fine.
Noor Aqilah’s lawyers, M. Dinesh and Mohd Redzuan Mohamed Yusoff, requested the court to impose the minimum bail because their client was taking care of her parents who are suffering from hypertension, gout and heart ailments.
They also said the parents were not working and those who had been sending their children to Noor Aqilah found other babysitters since her remand.
Redzuan told the court that his client, who was unmarried, stopped working as a cook to focus on babysitting and that she had an adopted handicapped child, who was being cared for by someone else.
Deputy public prosecutor M. Arunjothi did not propose bail on grounds that the case was of public interest, and left it to the court to determine the matter.
The court set bail at RM18,000 in one surety and ordered Noor Aqilah to report to the nearest police station twice a month pending the conclusion of the case.
On July 3, Adam Rayqal was reported missing from his babysitter’s house in Batu Caves. Police found his body in the freezer of a refrigerator in the house late that night.
A post-mortem by Kuala Lumpur Hospital found that Adam Rayqal died of brain haemorrhage and had a fractured skull.
Noor Aqilah Abd Rahman being led to the Selayang Sessions Court yesterday.