Father Charged with Culpable Homicide Instead of Murder

27 September 2007
Shah Alam

Roslee Tamrin allegedly slapped and shook his 5-month-old baby, Mohd Ridzuan and caused his death in a rented room at Lot 4578, Jalan Sungai Udang in Klang between 10am and 11am on 28 December 2004.

His wife, Noranita Nordin, was at work when Roslee was alone with the baby. Their landlady and her son had went to the bank. Ridzuan started to cry but despite Roslee’s attempts to pacify him, the baby continued to cry.

Roslee slapped and shooked the baby repeatedly until there was no sound. The baby started gasping for air, but Roslee stayed in the living room until the landlady returned an hour later.

The baby was brought to the Klang Hospital where a doctor diagnosed the baby as suffering from “shaken baby syndrome”. The baby finally died on 31 December 20034. Post-mortem results revealed that he had died from severe haemorrhage in the brain.

Roslee underwent psychiatric evaluation which indicated that he had “borderline mental retardation”, leaving him with the mental state of only a 12-year-old.

In court yesterday, Roslee pleaded guilty to the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He was initially charged with murder. Roslee faces a maximum of 10 years in jail.

The judge set 5 October 2007 for sentencing.

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