Primary school teacher claims trial to hurting pupil

Shanti Gunaratnam

PETALING JAYA: A primary school teacher today claimed trial at the magistrate's court to voluntarily causing hurt to a pupil, last year.

Siti Noorhidayani Mohd Salamu, 27, was charged with causing hurt to a nine-year-old at class 3 Kejora, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Kelana, Jalan SS5B/3, about 8.10am on June 16.

She was a mathematics teacher at the school when the alleged offence was committed.

It is understood that the teacher had twisted the pupil’s ear.

Siti Noorhidayani was charged with committing the offence under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to one year or a fine of up to RM2,000 or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Natashah Chin requested the court to impose a bail of RM1,500 in one surety.

Counsel Mohd Fadhly Yaacob, in seeking a lower bail for his client, said teachers these days face many responsibilities and challenges.

“My client is married to a teacher and has a seven-month-old child. She now teaches Bahasa Malaysia at a school in Putrajaya."

He requested the court to impose a RM1,000 bail.

Magistrate Datin Fadzlin Suraya Datuk Md Suah set bail at RM1,500 in one surety and fixed April 7 for case mention.