A 40-year-old Indian woman in Singapore has pleaded guilty to torturing her 24-year-old Burmese-born maid to death, even as the prosecution said she had abused her, starved her, tortured and ultimately killed in a way that would shock anyone’s conscience. Five months after starting the employment of her new maid, Gaiyathiri Murugayan began to abuse her, hit her and stomp her and starve her until she was only 24 kg, Channel News Asia reported.
Days before Piang Ngaih Don died of a brain injury with severe blunt neck trauma, she was starved and tied to a window rail at night and assaulted if she tried to search the food in the trash, according to the report. report. Gaiyathiri, who could be imprisoned for life, pleaded guilty to 28 counts, including culpable homicide, willfully causing severe starvation injury, willfully causing injury by a heated substance and undue hardship which ultimately resulted in led to the death of his Myanmar maid, the report said.
87 other charges will be taken into account in sentencing. The court heard that the victim came to Singapore to work for Gaiyathiri in May 2015 in what was her first job overseas as she was poor and needed to support her three-year-old son.
CCTV footage from cameras installed in the house to monitor the victim and children showed abuse in the last 35 days of the victim’s life, according to the report. An autopsy revealed 31 recent scars and 47 external wounds on the victim’s body. She had died of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy – a type of brain injury – with severe blunt trauma to the neck. She was emaciated and in poor nutritional status and would have starved to death had she been kept longer, according to the report.
The prosecution, led by lead lawyer Mohamed Faizal, called for life imprisonment, saying it was the only sentence “that would speak of the harm done and the outrage felt by the community over a series of events as well. shocking “. He said Gaiyathiri mistreated, starved, tortured and ultimately killed the aid in a way that would shock anyone’s conscience, according to the report.
The parties will return at a later date for sentencing. The penalties for culpable homicide not constituting murder are life imprisonment and caning, or up to 20 years in prison, a fine and caning. Women cannot be caned. Prema’s case is pending, while Gaiyathiri’s husband also faces outstanding charges of mistreating a maid.
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