A 40-year-old Indian-origin woman in Singapore has pleaded guilty to torturing her 24-year-old Myanmarese-origin maid to death.
The prosecution told the court that Gaiyathiri Murugayan abused, starved, tortured and ultimately killed her maid in a manner that ‘would shock anyone’s conscience.’
Channel News Asia reports that Gaiyathiri could be jailed for life.
The report said that closed-circuit television footage from cameras installed in the house to monitor the victim and the children showed the abuse carried out in the last 35 days of the victim’s life.
She has pleaded guilty to 28 charges, including culpable homicide, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by starvation, voluntarily causing hurt by a heated substance and wrongful restraint that eventually led to the death of her maid.
The penalties for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in Singapore are life imprisonment and caning, or up to 20 years’ jail, a fine and caning.