Six months in prison for inducing abortion at 24-26 weeks of pregnancy

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman who terminated her pregnancy after consuming pills to deliberately induce a miscarriage was sentenced yesterday to serve six months in prison.

On September 1 this year, de fendant Nuramallinie @ Amal Suhailie was arrested by the police after a staff at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital reported a death of a baby.

Investigation revealed that on August 31, Nuramallinie had purchased pills at an “Indonesian Jamu” stall in Kiulap, which she knew would cause a miscarriage.

At the time, defendant Nuramallinie was six months pregnant when she decided to terminate the pregnancy as she feared that her family would be angry when they discovered she conceived a child out of wedlock. Nuramallinie admitted that this was the third time she had terminated a pregnancy.

After taking the pills, Nuramallinie went to work tending a booth at a shopping complex in the capital the next day.

After experiencing immense pain for the whole day, Nuramallinie began to bleed heavily which led to her giving birth inside the toilet cubicle at the shopping complex.

Nuramallinie’s friend, who had been helping her throughout the predicament, later discovered that she had delivered a small baby boy. Her friend also helped her to carry the baby out, while the defendant cleaned the bathroom stall to remove any traces of blood.

The defendant was later brought to the hospital after she told her former fiancé that she had given birth.

The baby was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. A post-mortem report revealed that the foetus was at 24-26 weeks of gestation and “incapable of independent existence”.

The Brunei Times