Thursday, May 16, 2013
A couple were sentenced to 24 years’ jail each after they were found guilty of starving their Cambodian maid to death last year.
In his judgment, Justice Datuk Zamani Abdul Rahim said the case had damaged Malaysia’s image as Cambodia wanted to stop sending its citizens here as domestic workers.
Admonishing the couple, Soh Chew Tong and his wife Chin Chui Ling, the judge told that they should not abuse or torture others.
“I also have maids and if they are not suitable, I send them back, what for ‘rotan’ and torture,” Zamani said.
Soh, 44, and Chin, 42, were found guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder of Mey Sichan, 24, a Cambodian national, in a shophouse in Taman Asas Murni, Jalan Bukit Minyak.
Mey had been working for the couple since September 2011. She was found dead in a storeroom on the second floor of the shophouse on April 1 last year.
Zamani said the prosecution had proved a case beyond reasonable doubt that the couple had caused the death of Mey under section 304 (a) of the Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
He ordered that the couple serve their sentence from the date of their arrest on April 1 last year.