Telok Kurau murder: Maid charged for killing elderly employer

Telok Kurau murder: Maid charged for killing elderly employer

Daryati, 23, was arrested after her 59-year-old employer's motionless body was found on the second floor of her home along Lorong H Telok Kurau.

Telok Kurau murder

SINGAPORE: A 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker has been charged with murder, two days after she allegedly killed her employer, Mdm Seow Kim Choo, at the woman's Telok Kurau home.

Daryati was charged on Thursday (Jun 9) at Changi General Hospital, where she has been warded since her arrest on Tuesday night. Once she is discharged, she will be remanded at Changi Women's Prison to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

On Wednesday, lawyer Mohamed Muzammil was appointed by the Indonesian embassy to represent Daryati.

The domestic worker was arrested after Mdm Seow's motionless body was found on the second floor of her home along Lorong H Telok Kurau. Paramedics pronounced the 59-year-old dead at the scene.

According to court documents, the alleged murder took place between 8.30pm and 8.45pm on Tuesday.

Daryati has also been accused of attacking Mdm Seow's husband, Mr Ong Thiam Soon, 57, with a knife. Mr Ong sustained multiple injuries and was also taken to Changi General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Channel NewsAsia understands the elderly couple's daughter-in-law called the police following a commotion in a bathroom on the second floor of the house. Mr Ong rushed to the bathroom to check on his wife, when Daryati emerged and allegedly attacked him with a knife.

The domestic worker was eventually subdued with the help of a trio of motorcyclists who happened to be passing by. The men - a mechanic and two construction workers from Malaysia - said Mr Ong had sustained neck injuries.

Daryati appeared to have sustained injuries too, to her hand and forehead, the men said.

Her case will next be mentioned on Jun 29. If convicted of murder, she faces the death penalty.

Source: CNA/mz

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