Crime & Courts

Psychiatric evaluation extended for lorry driver accused of pushing lover off 23rd floor

KUALA LUMPUR: The psychiatric examination of a lorry driver charged with murdering his Thai girlfriend by pushing her off the 23rd floor of a condominium in Setia Alam, Shah Alam, has been extended for one month.

Lawyer Sivahnanthan Ragava, representing V. Nathan, 37, said that a specialist doctor from Hospital Bahagia Tanjong Rambutan, Ulu Kinta, Perak, applied for the one-month extension to determine the mental health of the accused.

"This extension was allowed under Section 342(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code as the doctor required more time to assess the mental state of the accused.

"Actually, the case was supposed to be mentioned before Magistrate Mohamad Redza Azhar Rezal at the Shah Alam Court today to provide an update on the accused's psychiatric report. However, it was vacated to Aug 9," said Sivahnanthan, who was assisted by lawyer Cyrus Tiu Foo Wei.

In April, the court ordered the accused to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after allowing the application made by Sivahnanthan, who noted that the accused had shown difficulty following instructions and cooperating in the proceedings related to the murder charge he is facing.

Nathan was charged with killing Mawika Lumyai, 32, at a condominium on Jalan Setia Dagang AH U13/AH, Setia Alam, at 10.02pm on Feb 28.

The charge, framed under Section 302 of the Penal Code, provides for the death penalty or imprisonment for up to 40 years and 12 strokes of the cane if not sentenced to death, upon conviction.– BERNAMA

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