Woman, 60, charged with Indonesian maid’s murder

Ambika M. A. Shan (right) and her daughter Jayavartiny Rajamanickam (left) being led away from the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court after they were both charged in relation to Adelina Lisao’s death.

BUTTERWORTH: A 60-year-old woman was today charged at the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court with the murder of Indonesian maid Adelina Lisao.

Ambika MA Shan was accused of murdering the 21-year-old at 67, Medan Kota Permai, Taman Kota Permai 2, Bukit Mertajam, about 4pm on Feb 10 this year.

The offence, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the death sentence.

No plea was recorded and no bail was offered.

Magistrate Muhamad Anas Mahadzir fixed April 19 for mention pending the chemist and forensic reports.

Meanwhile, her daughter, Jayavartiny Rajamanickam, 36, claimed trial to employing Adelina, who did not possess a valid pass, at the same place, between March 2017 and Feb 10 this year.

The offence, under Section 55B(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 and a maximum of 12 months’ jail or both.

Deputy public prosecutor Hamzah Azhan, who prosecuted, requested a bail amount of RM20,000.

Counsel Muhaimin Hashim, who appeared for the accused, requested bail to be lowered due to personal reasons.

Anas then fixed bail at RM15,000 in one surety and set April 19 for mention.

Adelina, who was allegedly abused by her employers, died from her injuries at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital on Feb 11.

The 26-year-old had been working at the semi-detached house in Taman Kota Permai here.

Adelina was spotted by a concerned neighbour with wounds on her hands and legs. She had also been spotted sleeping next to a Rottweiler for two months.

It was reported that on Feb 10, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim’s office had paid a visit to the home where Adelina was allegedly abused.

Sim’s aides had lodged a police report on the alleged abuse after the employers refused to cooperate.

Adelina was subsequently taken to the police station by her employers, and later admitted to the Bukit Mertajam Hospital.