Indonesian maid charged with murder of woman employer in Telok Kurau home

Police officers investigating the scene of an alleged stabbing at Telok Kurau on June 7, 2016.
Police officers investigating the scene of an alleged stabbing at Telok Kurau on June 7, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Indonesian maid from Lampung, Sumatra, was charged on Thursday (June 9) with having murdered her female employer, Madam Seow Kim Choo, 59, on Tuesday night.

Daryati, who goes by one name, allegedly committed the crime between 8.30pm and 8.45pm at the employer's three-storey semi-detached house at 50C, Lorong H Telok Kurau

The charges were read out to the maid via video link to Changi General Hospital, where she was admitted on Tuesday night with injuries to her head and hands.

District Judge Adam Nakhoda granted the police prosecutor's request for her to be remanded at Changi Women's Prison for psychiatric assessment, upon her discharge from hospital.

 
 

The maid had been working for Madam Seow for about two months.

Madam Seow's body was found motionless by her husband, businessman Ong Thiam Soon, 57, in a bathroom in the house. Paramedics later pronounced Madam Seow dead.

Mr Ong was admitted to Changi Hospital, with injuries to his neck, forehead and leg.

The Indonesian Embassy has appointed lawyer Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed to represent Daryati.

The case will be mentioned again in three weeks on June 29.

If convicted of the charge of murder with intention, Daryati faces the mandatory death penalty.