Judge allows mum to decide on son's sentence

KOTA BARU • In a move rarely seen in Malaysian courts, a magistrate gave a mother the opportunity to decide on the sentence for her son for threatening her life with a pair of scissors.

Magistrate Nik Habri Muhamad allowed Madam Rahimah Abdul Rahman, 52, to sentence her son, Adam Abdullah, 28, who committed the offence at a house in Kampung Terap Banggu at 9.30am on June 19.

Adam was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both upon conviction.

Mr Nik Habri told Madam Rahimah she could decide to pass a light sentence or a heavy sentence.

Madam Rahimah decided on a light sentence.

The court then sentenced Adam to one year's jail from the date of the offence.

Adam, who was unrepresented, had earlier sought his mother's forgiveness and promised not to repeat the offence.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2017, with the headline 'Judge allows mum to decide on son's sentence'. Print Edition | Subscribe