Bedok double murder: Maid suspect arrested in Indonesia, admits to murdering elderly couple

 Mr Chia Ngim Fong, 79, and Madam Chin Sek Fah, 78, were allegedly murdered by their Indonesian maid Khasanah, 41, on Wednesday (June 21).
Mr Chia Ngim Fong, 79, and Madam Chin Sek Fah, 78, were allegedly murdered by their Indonesian maid Khasanah, 41, on Wednesday (June 21). PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

JAKARTA - The Indonesian maid being sought for the double murder in Bedok was arrested by local police in Jambi province, Sumatra, at about 11pm on Tuesday (June 27).

Jambi police spokesman Kuswahyudi Tresnadi said Khasanah had checked into a small hotel located in Tungkal Ilir district, more than 300km away from Singapore.

Mr Kuswahyudi said local police received a tip-off about the suspect on Tuesday before moving in to arrest her later that night.

Detectives first tracked her down at an Internet cafe where she was checking online news about the murder case and followed her to the hotel where she was nabbed.

During the arrest, she admitted to the murders when questioned by the police, added Mr Kuswahyudi.

Among the items found on Khasanah were a ring, a jade bracelet, a necklace, five wristwatches, several mobile phones, a laptop computer and cash in various currencies.

The cash were in Indonesian rupiah, Singapore, US and Canadian dollars, Malaysian ringgit, Myanmar kyats as well as Chinese yuan.

 

Khasanah was working as a domestic helper for Mr Chia Ngim Fong, 79, and his wife Chin Sek Fah, 78, in Singapore.

On June 21, the elderly couple were found unconscious in their five-room executive flat at Block 717, Bedok Reservoir Road, and pronounced dead at 3.57pm that day.

The maid, who had been with them for about a month, is believed to have fled Singapore by ferry from HarbourFront Centre.