Woman to be charged with mur­der of maid to­day

New Straits Times - - News -

A woman, who re­ported that her In­done­sian maid had died fol­low­ing a fall down the stair­case of her house here, is ex­pected to be charged with mur­der at the mag­is­trate’s court to­day.

She is also ex­pected to face charges of caus­ing hurt to another maid, a Cam­bo­dian, at the Ses­sions Court.

North­east district police chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mior Fari­dala­trash Wahid yes­ter­day said the woman would face a charge un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code, which car­ries the manda­tory death penalty upon con­vic­tion for mur­der, and Sec­tion 326 of the Pe­nal Code for caus­ing hurt.

“We have ob­tained the goa­head from the state pros­e­cu­tion di­rec­tor to charge the woman with both of­fences. She will be charged at the two courts to­mor­row (to­day).”

Mior said the woman’s hus­band, 48, who was de­tained with her on Feb 26, af­ter their maid was found dead, would be re­leased on bond.

He said the Cam­bo­dian maid, 22, who was picked up five days later, would also be re­leased on bond.

The In­done­sian maid, Jubaedah, 38, was thought to have died from a fall. How­ever, a post­mortem re­vealed shock­ing find­ings.

The ac­cused had re­ported that the maid had slipped while walk­ing up the stair­case and tum­bled down.

She claimed the maid was taken to her room to rest, and was found un­con­scious at 11.50am.

The em­ploy­ers con­tacted an am­bu­lance and paramedics, who con­firmed the maid’s death upon their ar­rival.

Dur­ing the post-mortem, pathol­o­gists found in­juries con­sis­tent with abuse, and said the maid had died of a blunt force trauma to the chest.

Jubaedah had been work­ing with her em­ploy­ers for two years and had valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­pers.

A neigh­bour, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, had told the New Straits Times that he of­ten spot­ted the vic­tim look­ing wor­ried.

“Once, I saw the maid cry­ing while scrub­bing the porch and her em­ployer came out to shout at her. It was com­mon to hear shouts from the house that sounded like the em­ployer was scold­ing the maid.”

PIC BY ZU­LAIKHA ZAINUZMAN

Police and foren­sic of­fi­cers at the ac­cused’s house in Je­lu­tong, Pe­nang, last month.

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