Two Indonesian maids escape gallows for killing employer

31 Jul 2006   |  ASEAN Migrant Workers   |  Singapore  

05 September 2005

Two Indonesian maids escape gallows for killing employer
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia
 
SINGAPORE : The two Indonesian maids accused of killing employer Esther Ang at her Loyang condominium last March have escaped the gallows.

They were found guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder at the High Court on Monday.

20-year-old Juminem, the mastermind behind the plot to kill her employer, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

17-year-old Siti Aminah, who worked for the victim\'s ex-husband, was given 10 years for playing an active part in the crime.

The court heard the pair had planned the killing a week in advance.

On 2nd March last year, they took turns to suffocate the 47-year-old oil rig company purchasing officer and used a wine bottle to hit her abdomen and head several times at Carissa Park condominium.

The maids also faked a break-in by taking her money and valuables.

Juminem then forged her employer\'s signature on a cheque for $25,000 payable to Siti Aminah.

Still, the sentence offered little reprieve for Ang\'s family.

Her daughter told reporters that time has helped in the healing process but they have yet to obtain closure.

In delivering the verdict, Justice Choo Han Teck said the 2 women were suffering from an abnormality of the mind which impaired their mental responsibility at the time of the offence as established by experts during the trial.

Juminem was said to be suffering from \"reactive depression\" as a result of stress from loneliness, financial worry and her employer\'s demands.

While Siti Aminah\'s youthfulness, depression and low intellect were considered in sentencing.

Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Mochamad S Hidayat said he\'s relieved and his Embassy is working with the Manpower Ministry to strengthen cooperation.

He said: \"We in Indonesia will try to improve the quality of the domestic worker looking for work in Singapore but at the same time also appeal to employers to treat our domestic workers humanely.\"

Family members will visit the two women in prison on Tuesday.

They have not decided if they plan to appeal.

 

 

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