Boy left in van: Daycare centre driver charged with negligence

RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL

SELAYANG: A 21-year-old daycare centre driver was charged with negligence at the Sessions Court today for leaving a child locked in his vehicle, leading to the boy's death.


Muhammad Shakir Khan Melok Khan, clad in a black shirt, nodded in understanding when the charge was read out before Judge Zarifah Zainal Abidin in court today.


He pleaded not guilty to neglecting six-year-old Muhammad Iqram Danish, who died in his Toyota Hiace van after the latter was accidentally left inside the vehicle for three hours.


The offence falls under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Acts 2001 which carries a maximum 20 years in jail, RM50,000 fine or both, upon conviction.


Deputy Public Prosecutor MS Arunjhoty asked for bail to be set at RM15,000 with two sureties.


However, Shakir's lawyer Isherafer Ali asked for a lower bail of RM5,000 as his client could not afford a higher bail.


The court set bail at RM13,000 with two sureties and fixed June 20 for remention.


It was reported that the accused had picked up Iqram from his house in Bandar Country Homes, Rawang, to send him to 'fardhu ain' class with three other children.


When they reached the kindergarten, all the children go out, with the exception of Iqram, who had fallen asleep in the back seat.


Unaware that Iqram was unaccounted for, the accused is believed to have driven home, locked the van and left it in its parking spot.


The accused allegedly only realised that Iqram was still in the van when he was about to collect the children from the kindergarten at 5pm. By then, Iqram was already unconscious.


He rushed Iqram to a clinic, and later, the Sungai Buloh Hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead due to heatstroke.