Duo’s remand extended for seven days
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The remand of two siblings, detained by police on suspicion of abusing their Indonesian maid which led to her death, have been extended for seven days beginning yesterday.
The remand extension was granted by court registrar Nor Hapipah Abdullah against the 36-year-old woman and her 39year-old brother.
Earlier, the duo arrived at the magistrate’s court here, clad in orange and purple lock-up attires.
They were first remanded on Sunday.
It was reported that Adelina Lisao, 26, was rescued by police last Saturday following suspected abuse by her employers.
She died at 4.45pm on Sunday while being treated at Bukit Mertajam Hospital.
When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai here, she had severe injuries on the head and face, and infected wounds on the hands and legs.
Her plight came to light after a report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam member of parliament.
The case, which was initially investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, will now be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The siblings’ 60-year-old mother was remanded yesterday.
The Consulate General of Indonesia in Penang said they had traced Adelina’s family back home.
Deputy Consul General Osrinikita Zubhana said they initially had difficulty contacting the family due to lack of personal data.
“However, once we received Adelina’s personal details, we contacted the Indonesian authorities.
“Today (yesterday), we have been told that her parents have been informed.”
Osrinikita expressed hope that the post-mortem could be expedited so that they could make preparations to send the remains home.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said police had yet to get the post-mortem report.
“We are investigating the case from various angles to ascertain the cause of her death,” he said.
The suspects leaving the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court after having their remand extended yesterday.