KUALA LUMPUR: The hearing of Rumah Bonda founder Siti Bainun Ahd Razali’s appeal at the High Court here has been postponed to Jan 30 next year.
She had appealed to set aside her 12-year prison sentence for neglecting and abusing Bella, a teenage girl with Down Syndrome.
Justice Noorin Badaruddin set the date after lawyer Haijan Omar, representing Siti Bainun, requested an adjournment of today’s proceedings since the testimony of the eighth defence witness was not complete.
“We request that today’s hearing be postponed and that the next case management be scheduled to another date,” said the lawyer.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Azizah Mohamad did not object to the request.
Noorin then fixed Dec 7 for case management.
On May 23, Siti Bainun failed in her second bid to stay the execution of her prison sentence for neglecting and abusing the teenage girl.
High Court Justice Ahmad Bache dismissed the application by Siti Bainun, 31, on the grounds that there were no special or exceptional circumstances to allow the stay.
On May 3, sessions court judge Izralizam Sanusi sentenced Siti Bainun to 12 years in jail. She was ordered to serve her sentence immediately and was sent to Kajang prison.
Izralizam sentenced Siti Bainun after finding her guilty of two counts of neglecting and abusing the 13-year-old girl at a condominium unit in Wangsa Maju between February and June 2021.
The court also ordered her to sign a five-year good behaviour bond, with a local as a guarantor and a surety of RM5,000.
Siti Bainun was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service over six months after serving her time.