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Indian woman loses appeal over killing Myanmar maid

Gaiyathiri was arrested quickly after the sufferer’s demise on Jul 26, 2016, and has been in custody since then.

An Indian-origin woman, who resides in Singapore, has reportedly lost her appeal for permission to introduce fresh evidence on her 30 years of jail sentence for allegedly killing her maid from Myanmar in 2016.

A Singapore Court of Appeal dismissed the accused, Gaiyathiri Murugayan’s, application seeking the disclosure of additional materials and permission to introduce these as fresh evidence.

Gaiyathiri failed in her try on Wednesday to hunt additional data with help of her enchantment in opposition to her sentence.

Earlier in February, Gaiyathiri was sentenced to 30 years’ jail on pleading responsible for twenty-eight expenses, together with culpable murder and voluntarily inflicting grievous damage by hunger. One other 87 expenses have been thought of in sentencing.

The incident occurred when a Myanmar national, Piang Ngaih Don, employed by Gaiyathiri, died on July 26, 2016, after being repeatedly abused over the course of 14 months. The Excessive Courtroom decision referred to as her ordeal “undoubtedly among the many worst instances of culpable murder”.

Piang weighed just 24kg when she died of brain injury with severe blunt trauma to her neck.  she was starved and tied to a window and assaulted if she tried to rummage for food from the dustbin.

Gaiyathiri was arrested quickly after the sufferer’s demise on Jul 26, 2016, and has been in custody since then, with no entry to her cell phone or any machine with WhatsApp functionality.

Gaiyathiri’s enchantment in opposition to her sentence for her crimes has not but been heard.

The contemporary proof included data of WhatsApp messages between Gaiyathiri and the sufferer’s next-of-kin that purportedly confirmed the household had forgiven her. Gaiyathiri additionally requested permission to introduce a psychiatrist’s report.

Gaiyathiri’s psychiatric situation was a central concern within the court docket, and in her plea of guilt, she made a knowledgeable and regarded resolution to simply accept the opinion of Dr Yeo, stated the prosecutors.

She was sentenced to 30 years’ jail in June’s final year. Her mom, Prema Naraynasamy, and husband, Kevin Chelvam, additionally face expenses of maid abuse

Delivering the judgment on behalf of a three-judge panel, Justice Andrew Phang dismissed the complete utility, saying that there was no authorized foundation for the court docket to order the disclosure of the extra supplies, which have been irrelevant to any enchantment.

First Published: 5th May, 2022 17:58 IST

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