Toa Payoh in Singapore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Toa Payoh in Singapore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A 28-year-old Indonesian maid was sentenced to four months jail after pleading guilty to three counts of using criminal force and causing hurt to her employer’s 94-year-old mother at a home in Toa Payoh in Singapore in May 2016.

On the evening of May 12, the Indonesian maid Imas Masripah, hired in January of the same year, pushed the wheelchair-bound elderly woman Ng Poh Lin in the face and hit her forcefully by hand on the back of her head, closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed, Lianhe Zaobao reported.

Ng was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital five days later as she had told her daughter she was feeling weak. She was diagnosed with lethargy, bed sores and a bruise on her lower lip.

The elderly woman passed away on June 10, but it was confirmed that Masripah’s actions did not lead to Ng’s death.

Masripah admitted to police that she hit Ng because she was frustrated and the old woman had spat out food she was feeding her, which also made the floor dirty, The Straits Times reported.

District Judge Terence Tay issued a heavy sentence of four months in jail to the defendant in order to serve as a strong deterrent.