A woman in Singapore who had been employed by a domestic helper for more than a year has been found to have abused her so badly that she has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The 24-year-old victim from Myanmar did not survive her boss.
The 40-year-old perpetrator, Gaiyathiri Murugayan, has admitted 28 charges of assault over a period of more than 14 months. Twenty-something Piang Ngiah Don was underweight and at one point weighed just 24 kilos. She was only allowed to sleep five hours a night and was strangled, beaten and branded with an iron. She passed away in 2016.
The judge speaks of a ‘horrible’ case and states that he has never seen anything like it. The facts came out through CCTV footage from the house. The suspect came to the courtroom with his head bowed, sunglasses and mask.
The court took into account the ‘extremely aggravating and horrific circumstances of the crimes’ in the sentence. “She was aware of her actions and purposeful in her behaviour. She didn’t lack the capacity to understand what she was doing.”
The woman, married to a police officer, said she struggled with depression after the birth of her son. She also has a four-year-old daughter, whom the slain Asian had to care for. The latter was sometimes attacked several times a day. Sometimes the 61-year-old grandmother also cooperated, The Daily Mail reports.
Several hundred thousand domestic and educational assistants from poorer Asian countries such as Myanmar and the Philippines work in Singapore.
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