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Woman Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Torturing And Killing Her Maid

Gaiyathiri Murugayan, 41, of Singapore was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday for her role in the torture and killing of a Myanmar domestic servant in 2016.

Gaiyathiri Murugayan pled guilty in February to 28 offences, including culpable homicide, in connection with the death of Piang Ngai Don (house maid), who was malnourished and weighed just 24 kilos at the time of her death.

According to local media sources, the case was described as "one of the worst" the city-courts state's have ever seen.

According to the evidence presented in court, Piang was subjected to almost daily physical assault during her 14 months of employment with Murugayan, that she was primarily fed bread and water, that she was beaten and burned, and that she was tied to a window grille at night while being forced to sleep on a floor for the last 12 days of her life.

Murugayan had previously been targeted for a life sentence by prosecutors after Singapore's attorney general urged that the accused be charged with murder and be brought to trial.

A maximum penalty of nine years was sought by the defense because Murugayan was a first-time offender who was stressed out by her children's ailments, which she blamed on Piang Ngai Don, according to the defense.

Murugayan's mother and her husband, who works as a police officer, are also facing prosecution.

Around 250,000 migrants from less-developed bordering countries work as maids or domestic assistance in prosperous Singapore, where 1.6 million of the country's approximately 5.7 million residents are migrants or foreign-born employees out of a total population of approximately 5.7 million.

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