Mother and daughter charged with murdering Myanmar domestic worker

A CID officer sits between Gaiyathiri Murugayan (left) and her mother Prema Naraynasamy, who were charged in court on Thursday (July 28) with murdering their Myanmar domestic worker at their home in Bishan earlier this week.
A CID officer sits between Gaiyathiri Murugayan (left) and her mother Prema Naraynasamy, who were charged in court on Thursday (July 28) with murdering their Myanmar domestic worker at their home in Bishan earlier this week.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
The home of Gaiyathiri Murugayan and her mother Prema S. Naraynasamy, who were charged in court with murdering their Myanmar domestic worker, at Block 145 Bishan Street 11.
The home of Gaiyathiri Murugayan and her mother Prema S. Naraynasamy, who were charged in court with murdering their Myanmar domestic worker, at Block 145 Bishan Street 11.ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

SINGAPORE -  A woman and her mother were charged in court on Thursday (July 28) with murdering their Myanmar domestic worker at their home in Bishan earlier this week.

No plea was taken from Gaiyathiri Murugayan, 36, and Prema S. Naraynasamy, 58, both housewives.

They are alleged to have committed murder by causing the death of Ms Piang Ngaih Don, 24, at their ninth-floor flat at Block 145, Bishan Street 11, between July 25 and 26.

The pair was arrested on Wednesday (July 27).

The prosecution applied for them to be remanded at Central police division with permission to take them out for investigation.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamed Faizal said they were not ready to take a plea at the moment.
 

Both did not display any emotion when the charge was read to them in Tamil separately.

They will be back in court on Aug 4.

If convicted, they face the death penalty.

In a statement on Thursday, the police said it had received a call on Tuesday at 11.03am requesting for assistance at Block 145, Bishan Street 11.

Upon arrival, the victim was found motionless and pronounced dead at the scene. The case was classified as an unnatural death, the statement said.