January 15, 2016
KLANG: The juvenile court found that the girl who faked her own kidnapping lacked parental attention and ordered that she undergo rehabilitation at the welfare department’s Sekolah Tunas Bakti.
The court directed her to undergo a three-year rehabilitation programme with effect from Dec 31.
The 14-year-old girl’s parents were also ordered by magistrate Nor Asma Ahmad to visit her once a month at the school, failing which they can be fined up to RM5,000 under Section 93 (1) (d) of the Child Act.
According to DPP Syed Farid Syed Ali, who spoke to reporters after the closed-door proceedings ended yesterday, parental neglect was found to be one of the factors behind the girl’s conduct.
“It was found that the parents had failed to give the child sufficient attention and what happened wasn’t wholly her fault,” he added.
He also said the prosecution hoped the girl would receive help at Sekolah Tunas Bakti and that the public should not judge her too harshly.
“She is young and has made a mistake. The prosecution, too, wants her to have a good future,” he said.
The girl lied in a phone call to her foster sister on Dec 29 that she had been abducted in Bandar Sultan Suleiman two days earlier when she actually wanted to spend time with her 19-year-old boyfriend.
She told her foster sister that two men in a white van had abducted her and were holding her captive.
However, police found her in her boyfriend’s car at a petrol station in Kanchong Darat, Banting, on New Year’s Eve and learnt that she had been staying with the youth and a 45-year-old man in Bandar Sungei Emas, also in Banting.
The girl then admitted that she faked her own abduction because she wanted to spend time with her boyfriend, whom she met only a month earlier.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old boyfriend was charged under Section 363 of the Penal Code on Jan 6, for abducting a minor and taking her away without parental permission. The ironsmith pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Nor Asma set bail at RM5,000 with one surety pending trial.
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