A 43-year-old Malaysian woman charged with murdering an Indonesian maid and hurting a Cambodian worker will face trials in separate courts, the Penang High Court in George Town has said.
Defendant Chan Lay Lee was allegedly responsible for the death of her Indonesian domestic helper named Jubaedah, 38, who reportedly died after falling down a staircase at her house in Lebuhraya Jelutong at 11am on February 25 last year, the New Straits Times reported.
A post-mortem examination of the maid’s body conducted at Penang Hospital suggested that Jubaedah sustained signs of abuse – broken ribs, bruises and other injuries. This led to the arrest of Chan.
If convicted under Section 302 of the Penal Code, the defendant would face a mandatory death sentence, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.
However, Chan’s murder trial has been scheduled for November 26, 2018, after another abuse case was pressed against her.
The defendant is also accused of hurting a 22-year-old Cambodian maid named Anad, inflicting grievous harm to the maid with an iron rod between July 2016 and Feb 25, 2017.
The abuse case – a crime under Section 326 of the Penal Code – is set for mention on March 13 at a Sessions Court. If convicted, Chan could face up to 20 years in jail, plus a fine or being whipped.