The lawyer for a 33-year old air hostess believed to be involved in a bizarre case in Malaysia has called for his client to receive a psychiatric evaluation. The woman (whose name has not been released) was taken into custody following the grisly June 29 discovery of the decayed remains of a man who have been chopped into eleven pieces and stuffed into a refrigerator. The discovery had been made when the new owner of the Mont Kiara condominium unit in which the remains called in condominium security to investigate the source of a strong stench that he had noted on entering. Security discovered the body parts packed into five garbage bags and sealed with masking tape.
The body was subsequently identified as being that of 39-year old Singaporean businessman, Goh Yoke Seng, and the suspect surrendered herself to police custody. She has not been formally charged to date and is being held on remand. Her lawyer is demanding a psychiatric evaluation under Section 342 of the Malaysian Criminal Procedure Code. He is also protesting the extensive media coverage that the case has received to date and expressed concern that his client will be subjected to a "trial by the media". The client, described by sources as a "soft-spoken woman", is reported to be "worn-out, tired, and terribly frightened".
The body has since been claimed by the victim's family in Singapore.