Indonesian Gets Five Years’ Jail for Unintentional Homicide

22 January 2008
Johor Baru

A 38-year-old Indonesian was sentenced yesterday to five years’ jail for burying his newborn baby alive.

Under Section 304b of the Penal Code, Ramlee Basa-ruddin was charged with committing unintentional homicide on the baby at 1323 JTM 13/2 Lorong Ahmad Yusof, Ulu Tiram, on 8 January 2008 at 5:35pm. He pleaded guilty to the charge.

It is alleged that at 4am that day, Ramlee’s 20-year-old local girlfriend had given birth to the baby. He then buried the baby alive in a hole behind the house that he and his girlfriend were staying in.

Ramlee was also sentenced to a year in jail for having no valid travel documents while in the country. Under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1963, he was also ordered to be punished with four strokes of the cane. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Both sentences are to run consecutively from yesterday.

New Straits Times – 5 years’ jail for burying own baby alive

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