Man accused of abetting abuse faces two more charges

Darwinder Singh Sukhdev Singh, 39, now stands accused of abetting Mr Khamis Abas, who is understood to be Madam Kamisah Burel's husband, in feeding her faeces and urine in April.
Darwinder Singh Sukhdev Singh, 39, now stands accused of abetting Mr Khamis Abas, who is understood to be Madam Kamisah Burel's husband, in feeding her faeces and urine in April.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The neighbour who was charged with abetting the abuse of an elderly woman in Lower Delta Road was hit with two additional charges yesterday.

Darwinder Singh Sukhdev Singh, 39, now stands accused of abetting Mr Khamis Abas, who is understood to be Madam Kamisah Burel's husband, in feeding her faeces and urine in April.

He also allegedly slapped Mr Khamis' face some time last year.

Darwinder, who is unemployed, was first hauled to court last Friday for allegedly abetting Madam Kamisah's daughter, Ms Siti Nur Redha Khamis, 25, in feeding the 58-year-old woman excrement.

He will be remanded for two weeks at the Institute of Mental Health which will assess his soundness of mind when the alleged offences occurred.

The case came under the spotlight last Monday when another neighbour, 25-year-old Mohammad Juani, posted a video on Facebook of Madam Kamisah apparently being slapped by Ms Siti outside their flat.

Darwinder said he wanted to engage a lawyer through the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, and once more pleaded with the court to extend bail so that he could take care of his mother. This was denied.

His mother, Madam Diah Kaur, 63, was accompanied in court by representatives from the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Samaritans of Singapore.

"I am so worried about him," his mother told The Straits Times, adding that she was stressed and felt dizzy.

Darwinder will next appear in court on Aug 14.

If convicted of abetting Madam Kamisah's abuse, he faces up to seven years in jail, a fine, caning or any combination of the above.

For the charge of slapping Mr Khamis, he could face up to two years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2015, with the headline 'Man accused of abetting abuse faces two more charges'. Print Edition | Subscribe