JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): A woman in Yogyakarta may face the death penalty if she is found guilty of premeditated murder after accidentally poisoning and killing a 10-year-old boy.
The Yogyakarta Police have arrested NA, 25, for allegedly sending chicken satay and peanut sauce laced with cyanide to an ex-boyfriend with the intention of killing him.
She has been charged under Article 340 of the Criminal Code on premeditated murder and the 2014 Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty.
“The suspect had planned the crime for three months. She bought the poison for Rp 225,000 [US$15] from an e-commerce platform, ” Yogyakarta Police general crimes investigation division head Sr. Comr. Burkan Rudy said as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that NA had wanted to get back at her ex-boyfriend for marrying another woman.
According to the police, NA approached an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver named Bandiman at a mosque near Mandala Krida Stadium, where he was resting, and offered him Rp 30,000 to deliver the satay and poisoned peanut sauce to her former lover, a police officer identified as Tommy.
She allegedly gave Bandiman Tommy’s address and phone number, then instructed him to tell Tommy that the food was from a person named Hamid.
When Bandiman arrived at Tommy’s address, the latter was reportedly not home and his wife refused to accept the delivery because she claimed her husband did not know of anyone named Hamid.
She instead gave the food to the ojek driver, who took it home and shared it with his wife and 10-year-old son. While the entire family took part in the meal, only Bandiman ate the satay without the accompanying peanut sauce, which had been laced with cyanide.
Minutes after eating the food, Bandiman’s wife started vomiting and his son collapsed and began foaming at the mouth. They were both rushed to a nearby hospital, but doctors pronounced the young boy dead upon arrival.
Burkan said investigators had initially struggled to identify NA as she had not used a ride-hailing application to hire Bandiman. They tracked her down four days later after checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed around the mosque where Bandiman had been resting.
She was arrested on April 30. Police are currently looking for another possible suspect, a man identified as R. He allegedly convinced NA to poison Tommy. Investigators are also investigating NA’s claim that she had an unregistered marriage with Tommy. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network