Monday, February 12, 2018

Could Nur Aina Nabihah have been saved?

"Police had questioned the father in June last year after the victim's biological mother lodged a report after finding swellings on her body.
"Police referred the case to the deputy public prosecutor but no further action was taken." - Man charged with murdering nine-year old daughter, The Star, 12 Feb



Those two paragraphs appeared at the end - yes, at the very end - of the news article. Based on Journalism 101's inverted pyramid, editors usually leave the most insignificant part of a news article last. If the sub editor needs the length of the story reduced to give way to another item (such as an important late news or a last-minute ad), she would just need to chop the story from the bottom. Am glad the editor didn't have to do that in the case of this story. For in those last two paragraphs lies the most tragic part of the story of the senseless murder of little Nur Aina Nabihah.

"Police had questioned the father in June last year after the victim's biological mother lodged a report after finding swellings on her body. 
"Police referred the case to the deputy public prosecutor but no further action was taken." 

What happened? What did the police establish after questioning the father? What was actually referred to the DPP by the police? Why was no further action taken? Will we ever learn from these deaths?

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