Jurong stabbing: Maid still wants to work here after recovery from attack

A Filipino maid who was seriously injured in an attack that ended in the deaths of a man and his wife, at a Yuan Ching Road condominium, has been discharged from hospital.

In her first contact with the media since she was allegedly slashed by her employer on Jan 30, Ms Jasmen Corpuz, 37, told The Straits Times in a brief interview yesterday that she plans to stay.

"I am fine now and I want to continue to work in Singapore," said Ms Corpuz, who left the National University Hospital last Saturday.

She was allegedly attacked by Singaporean Ken Ong, 37. She had worked for his family for more than four years.

The incident happened shortly after Ms Corpuz had accompanied the couple's five-year-old son to his kindergarten nearby and returned to Parkview Mansions.

Although Ms Corpuz declined to talk about it, she is believed to have intervened when she saw Mr Ong stabbing his wife, Malaysian Karen Koh, 39. But Mr Ong allegedly turned the chopper on her.

Ms Corpuz escaped from the third-floor unit and ran down the stairs, where a cleaner found her and alerted the police. She is said to have had slash wounds on her shoulders and back, and a gash on her left upper arm exposing bone.

The police found the couple seriously injured and they later died in hospital.

It is believed Mr Ong stabbed himself in the abdomen after stabbing his wife. Before he died, Mr Ong, who was jobless, sent a long e-mail to the media and others, describing his failed marriage.

On what she needs, Ms Corpuz said "everything is taken care of".

Yesterday, Philippine Embassy labour attache Vicente Cabe confirmed the embassy is helping her.

He said: "She wants to stay here and work but, of course, she has to recuperate first."

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