Singapore woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for torturing and killing her domestic help

A woman in Singapore was found guilty of starving, torturing and killing her domestic worker from Myanmar, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Piang Ngaih Don reportedly weighed only 24kg when she died from her injuries in 2016.

Prosecutors have called the actions of Gaiyathiri Murugayan, the wife of a policeman “evil and utterly inhumane”.

It is among a series of high-profile maid abuse cases among the state city’s elite rich in recent years.

He said the case was “one of the worst cases of culpable homicide” in the city-state and that words could not accurately describe the level of abuse the young woman had to endure in the month before her death.

During the trial court heard that Ms Murugayan began abusing the young woman from October 2015, shortly after Ms Piang had arrived in Singapore for her first job overseas.

CCTV footage from cameras installed in the house showed the abuse she suffered in the last month of her life, often being assaulted several times a day.

Ms Murugayan also reportedly burned her with a heated clothes iron and was accused of “throwing her around like a ragdoll”.

The court heard that Ms Piang’s meals often consisted of sliced bread soaked in water, cold food from the fridge, or some rice. She lost 15kg in 14 months.

The 24-year-old helper died in July 2016 after she was repeatedly assaulted over several hours by Ms Murugayan and her mother.

An autopsy report later found Ms Piang died from oxygen deprivation to her brain after being repeatedly choked.

Ms Murugayan’s mother and husband also face several charges linked to the case.

Singapore is home to around 250,000 foreign domestic workers, typically from countries like Indonesia, Myanmar or the Philippines.