Wo­man held over foe­tus in sewage treat­ment plant

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

LABUAN: A 26-year-old wo­man was ar­rested Thurs­day over the dis­cov­ery of a foe­tus in a sewage treat­ment plant on Mon­day.

Po­lice de­tained the wo­man at Labuan Air­port upon her ar­rival at about 11.55am — also ar­rested was her boyfriend, 26, who was wait­ing for her.

Labuan po­lice chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ah­mad said the wo­man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­ceal­ing the birth of a child and il­le­gally al­low­ing the dis­posal of the foe­tus through a toi­let bowl, with the foe­tus end­ing up in a sewage treat­ment plant lo­cated in the Ta­man Mahkota Impian hous­ing es­tate at Jalan Bukit Tim­balai.

On Nov 4 at about 8am, In­dah Water Con­sor­tium em­ploy­ees un­der­tak­ing rou­tine main­te­nance work found a 24 to 28-week-old fe­male foe­tus in a rub­bish trap in the sewage plant.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Muhamad Farid said the wo­man who is a pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee, had been rent­ing a room alone, in the hous­ing es­tate for the past three months.

She is be­ing held for seven days to as­sist with in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der Sec­tion 318 of the Pe­nal Code which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of a two-year im­pris­on­ment or fine.

Her boyfriend, a civil ser­vant, was re­leased on po­lice bail Thurs­day.

With in­ves­ti­ga­tions still un­der­way, po­lice can­not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of mis­car­riage or abor­tion, Muhamad Farid said, adding that on the night be­fore the dis­cov­ery of the foe­tus, the wo­man had com­plained to her boyfriend about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing stom­ach pain and had gone to the toi­let, a er which he had taken her to the Labuan Nu­cleus Hos­pi­tal (for­merly known as Labuan Hos­pi­tal).

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