The Indonesian maid who allegedly caused the death of her employer’s 12-year-old disabled daughter is likely to escape the gallows if found guilty, saved by her age.
Under the Criminal Procedure Code, the death sentence cannot be imposed on a defendant below the age of 18.
Nurhayati’s actual age is only 16 years and not 24 as was originally tendered in court.
Nurhayati’s lawyer, Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed and officials from the Indonesian Embassy visited her family in a West Java village last week and managed to confirm her age after looking through school records and interviewing the family.
She is accused of causing the death of Linda Lee Yee Lin at Block 573 Hougang Street 51 on 24th November this year.
The charge against Nurhayati was amended in court on Friday and she will be remanded for another week for child psychiatric assessment.
Her case will be mentioned again on December 31.