KUALA LUMPUR: The sessions court here will decide tomorrow whether to free or order Rumah Bonda founder Siti Bainun Ahd Razali to enter her defence on charges of neglecting and abusing a 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, known as Bella.
Justice Izralizam Sanusi is scheduled to deliver his decision at the end of the prosecution’s case at 9am.
The prosecution closed its case against Siti, 30, on Oct 28 after calling 22 witnesses in the trial which began on March 30.
Among the prosecution witnesses called to testify were Bella, former resident of Rumah Bonda Yasmin Nahar Mahmood, psychiatrist Dr Wan Asyikin Wan Azlan, company assistant manager Zurianty Sudin and plastics surgeon Dr Salmi Shukur.
Siti Bainun pleaded not guilty to two charges of abuse and neglect which resulted in physical and emotional distress to Bella between February and June 2021 at a condominium in Wangsa Maju here.
She was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years or a fine of RM50,000, or both, if convicted.
The prosecution is represented by deputy public prosecutors Nor Azizah Mohamad, Zilfinaz Abbas, Zahida Zakaria, Fazeedah Faik and Shakira Aliana Alias.
Lawyers Nur Aminahtul Mardiah Nor, Farhan Maaruf, Nurul Hafidzah Hassan and Nur Ellena Razif represented Siti Bainun.