SHAH ALAM: A former wiring consultant and his wife were sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court here Thursday for murdering their Indonesian maid.
Fong Kong Meng, 58, and housewife Teoh Ching Yen, 56, were found guilty of murdering Isti Komariah, 26, at house No. 90, Jalan SS 2/6, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya, near here between May 14, 2010 and June 5, 2011.
Justice Datuk Noor Azian Shaari, in her judgement, said the victim died of starvation as a result of the couple's failure to provide her food and medical treatment.
The judge also noted that the victim's weight had deteriorated to 26kg at the time of her death, from 46kg when she first started working for the couple.
Justice Noor Azian said the defence failed to counter the prosecution's submission on the cause of the victim's physical condition and death, and that its own submission were a mere denial of the charge.
The trial commenced on July 30, 2012 during which 16 prosecution witnesses were called and six defence witnesses testified.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Nordin Ismail, Suzana Abdul Latif and Muhammad Asyraf Md.Kamal represented the prosecution while counsel Zaleha Al-Hayat and Thong Seng Kong defended the couple.
It was reported that the maid from East Java, who started working for the couple in December 2008, was brought by her employers to the University of Malaya Medical Centre at Petaling Jaya on June 6, 2011 but died upon arrival at the hospital. - Bernama