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That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Singapore: Indonesian maid faces death for alleged murder of elderly employer

Indonesian maid Minah  (center) now charged with the murder of her employer.
Indonesian maid Minah (center) has been charged with the murder of her employer.
Indonesian helper in Singapore faces death for alleged murder of elderly employer

An Indonesian domestic helper in Singapore has been charged today with the murder of her 78-year-old employer, media reports said.

Wheelchair-bound Tay Quee Lang was found dead in her flat at Block 276 Tampines Street 22 with a knife reportedly lodged in her neck.

Channel News Asia reports that Minah, 37, is accused of causing the death of Tay at about 2.10pm on Monday in the Tampines flat Tay shared with her husband, who was not home at the time of the alleged killing. 

Police said they received a call for assistance at about 2.10pm. 

When officers arrived at the unit on the 5th floor, they found the woman lying motionless. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

In court today, Minah, dressed in a black and white striped T-shirt, appeared calm as the capital charge was read to her by an interpreter. 

She will be remanded for a psychiatric evaluation and will next appear in court on Mar 8. If she is found guilty of murder, Minah will face the death penalty.

Source: thestandard.com.hk, February 15, 2017

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