Maid in Telok Kurau murder case remanded for two more weeks for psychiatric assessment

The semi-detached house in Lorong H Telok Kurau where the murder took place.
The semi-detached house in Lorong H Telok Kurau where the murder took place.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Indonesian maid, who has been charged with the murder of her female employer, was on Wednesday (June 29) remanded for another two weeks for psychiatric assessment.

Daryati, who goes by one name, is accused of murdering Madam Seow Kim Choo, 59, at a semi-detached house in Lorong H Telok Kurau between 8.30pm and 8.45pm on June 7.

She appeared via video link to Changi Women's Prison.

 
 
 

The prosecution told the court that the psychiatrist needed two more weeks to evaluate Daryati.

Daryati's lawyer, Mr Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed, who has been engaged by the Indonesian Embassy to act for her, had no objections.

The maid, who is from Lampung, Sumatra, had been working for Madam Seow for about two months.

The woman's body was found motionless by her husband, businessman Ong Thiam Soon, 57, in a bathroom in the house. He had injuries to his neck, forehead and leg.

The case will be mentioned on July 20.

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