BUKIT MERTAJAM – A sexagenarian was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with the murder of her Indonesian maid earlier this month.
M. A. Ambika, 60, was charged with the killing of Adelina Lisao, 28, at her home in Medan Kota Permai 2, Taman Kota Permai 2 here at 4pm on Feb 10.
No plea was recorded from Ambika who merely nodded after the charge was read out before Magistrate Muhamad Anas Mahadzir.
She was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Hamzah Azhan appeared for the prosecution while the accused was unrepresented.
The court set April 19 for mention of the case, pending submission of chemistry, post-mortem and forensic reports.
The media earlier reported that Adelina, who had sustained serious injuries including cuts and bruises on her body, died while undergoing treatment at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital at 4.45pm, on Feb 11.
She was rescued from her employer’s home a day earlier after it was reported she was physically abused and forced to sleep in the porch with a Rottweiler.
In the same court, Ambika’s daughter, R. Jayavartiny, 32, was charged with employing an illegal immigrant (Adelina).
The saleswoman pleaded not guilty to employing Adelina, although aware that the Indonesian immigrant did not have a valid permit, at their home in the said address here between March last year and Feb 10 this year.
She was charged under Section 55 (B) (1) of the Immigration Act which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both.
Earlier, Hamzah urged the court to impose bail of RM20,000 in one surety.
However, Jayavartiny’s counsel Muhaimin Hashim appealed to the court to reduce the bail to RM12,000 on the grounds that his client needed money to appoint a lawyer and free her mother who faced a murder charge.
The court set bail at RM15,000 in one surety and fixed April 19 for mention. – BERNAMA