Maid to be charged with murder of 12-year-old girl
by Shaffiq Alkhatib, Nov 26, 2010
SINGAPORE - A 24-year-old Indonesian maid has been arrested in connection with the murder of 12-year-old Linda Lee at Hougang Street 51.
Linda's body was found at the foot of the block by a passer-by at about 6.05am on Wednesday.
She was pronounced dead by paramedics at about 6.20am.
Police said the suspect, who had been employed by the family for the past month, would be charged in court today with murder, which carries the death penalty on conviction.
MediaCorp understands that the Indonesian Embassy has engaged a lawyer for the maid.
The embassy is also requesting access to the maid from the Singapore autho-rities.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, another Indonesian maid was charged yesterday with 19 counts of child abuse.
The 25-year-old woman is believed to have abused a one-year-old girl in a Bedok Reservoir flat between Nov 30 and Dec 4 last year.
She allegedly hit the baby and pushed her onto a mattress several times.
It is believed the maid also dragged the baby from the kitchen to the living room and used a pillow to press onto her head as she was lying on a mattress.
If convicted, she can be jailed up to four years, fined $4,000 or both for each charge.