Further psychiatric assessment for Telok Kurau murder suspect

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The murder took place at this three-storey semi-detached house in Telok Kurau. (Yahoo Photo: Safhras Khan)

The 23-year-old Indonesian maid accused of murdering her employer early this month will be remanded for a further two weeks to undergo further psychiatric assessment.

Daryati, who goes by one name, took to the stand via a video link at the State Courts on Wednesday (29 June).

The women from Lampung, a village in Southern Sumatra, looked calm as the proceedings were explained to her through an interpreter.

The plump woman even managed a smile and was seen nodding her head earnestly when she was addressed by her counsel, Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed.

Muzamil, who was assigned by the Indonesian Embassy on 8 June, a day before Daryati was charged in court, told reporters that his client had been undergoing psychiatric assessment for the past three weeks.

According to Muzamil, the doctor requested for Daryati to be further examined for two more weeks.

Daryati is facing one charge of murder after she allegedly stabbed her 59-year-old employer, Seow Kim Choo, at the deceased’s residence at Lorong H Telok Kurau on 7 June.

Daryati was injured in the process and later warded at Changi General Hospital (CGH).

She is also accused of attacking Seow’s husband, Ong Thiam Soon, causing the 57-year-old man to sustain multiple injuries.

Daryati will be back in court on 20 July. If found guilty of murder, she faces the death penalty.

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