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Maid jailed for killing her baby

An Indonesian maid and a college student found themselves in a Selangor court on Friday, both facing similar charges of killing their own babies.

The maid, Juliana, 26, was charged with infanticide.

She was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for killing her newborn last Sunday.

According to the facts of the case, she had given birth to a baby boy and stabbed him in the neck with a pair of scissors.

She then stuffed the body inside a plastic bag and hid it under her bed.

Later that day, her employer rushed her to hospital with stomach pains.

It was there that the doctors found out that she had just given birth.

In mitigation, Counsel Nur Elissa Baharuddin said her client was desperate at that time as she was afraid of getting fired by her employer if they found out that she had given birth.

"She could not afford to lose her job as she is the breadwinner of her family in Indonesia," Ms Nur Elissa said.

She said Juliana regretted what she had done.

But the prosecutor asked for a deterrent sentence as the offence was a brutal murder.

During sentencing, the judge said: "Killing your own child is a vicious thing to do and it is not the way to solve your problem."

Meanwhile, the 20-year-old college student, Noraliza Johari, has claimed trial, The New Straits Times reported.

She allegedly committed the crime in a toilet in Kajang on March 22.

Noraliza, who was not represented, applied for bail set at a low amount, saying her studies would be affected if she did not get bail.

She said she was still weak and had to be in confinement.

The bail was set at RM10,000 (S$3,850) with one surety and the judge ordered the accused to report to the nearest police station each month.

The case has been fixed for mention next month.