Penang High Court, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps
Penang High Court, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 43-year-old housewife was jailed for six years and ordered to pay 100,000 ringgit (US$23,867) in compensation to the family of her late domestic worker. The 38-year-old Indonesian domestic worker, Jubaedah, was found dead in the house where she worked in George Town, Penang in February last year.

The defendant Chan Lay Lee, who was previously charged with murder, was at the Penang High Court on November 14, 2018, charged with voluntarily causing grievous bodily harm to the Indonesian victim, eventually causing her death, the Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

The court learned that the victim worked for Chan as a domestic worker between July 1, 2016 and February 25, 2017, at Chan’s home in Lebuhraya Jelutong.

On February 26, 2017, Chan and her husband reportedly claimed that Jubaedah had fallen down the stairs at their home.

A post-mortem report, however, revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the chest. The post-mortem examination revealed that Jubaedah’s body was covered with old and new wounds that appeared to be the result of prolonged physical abuse.

Meanwhile, Chan will soon be back in court to face a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to a 22-year-old Cambodian domestic worker named Anad by striking her with a metal pipe between July 2016 and February 25 of this year.