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Malaysian police to exhume body of girl, five, from grave; reclassify case as death due to negligence

Girl died last week after being hit by part of a lawnmower blade being sharpened by her father

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 1:31pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 1:34pm

By Embun Majid

Police in Malaysia have reclassified the case of a five-year-old girl who died after she was hit by a fragment of the lawn mower blade, as death due to negligence.

Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mior Farid Al Athrash Wahid said police would exhume Nur Aliya Syifa’s body for a post-mortem.

He said police had earlier classified the case as sudden death.

However, he said police had found that there was an element of negligence that resulted in her death.

“The case has been reclassified under Section 304 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of two years’ jail or fine or both,” he said.

Mior Farid said police had obtained a court order to exhume her remains for the post-mortem.

It was reported that Nur Aliya Syifa died after being struck on her chest by a fragment from a lawn mower blade in Kampung Tanjung Besar, Kubang Rotan at 5.30pm on Friday.

The incident occurred when her father was sharpening the lawn mower blade at their home.

She was taken to the 1Malaysia Clinic before being transferred to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

However, the victim who was the youngest of three siblings, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The victim was buried in Kampung Tanjung Besar Muslim cemetery on Saturday.

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