The Ghim Moh neighborhood in Singapore where the family lived. Photo: Google Maps

A 31-year-old Indian maid was sentenced to eight months in jail by a Singapore court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to slipping psychiatric medication into her employers’ breakfast.

The court heard the maid put the drugs into the food served to her employer’s 72-year-old wife and 47-year-old daughter in May last year in a bid to calm them down so they would not scold her.

Gurpreet Kaur was hired as a maid in January 2017 by the Premnath family who had an apartment at Ghim Moh, the Straits Times reported.

Her 74-year-old employer Premnath Shivadial had been diagnosed with bipolar disorders and prescribed risperidone – a type of tranquilizer – to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes associated with his condition.

Knowing the drug could induce drowsiness, the maid put the substance into the breakfast of her female employer and her daughter in May last year. The maid was caught by the daughter one morning when she was seen slipping something into the food. The daughter found two tablets of her father’s risperidone. Blood tests on both women later tested positive for the drug.

The maid was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to one count each of administering and attempting to administer risperidone to her female employer. One count of administering the psychiatric drug to the couple’s daughter was considered during sentencing.

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