"Boss kicked and shaved maid"
Sat, Jan 30, 2010
New Straits Times

SHAH ALAM - A witness told the High Court yesterday that Indonesian maid Muntik Bani was kicked and her head was shaved by her male employer.

Housewife Tan Siew Choo, 37, said she saw Muntik's employer, A. Murugan, kick and shave her head at the porch of his house on different occasions.

"I cannot remember when the shaving incident occurred, but it was during a weekend in the evening," she said.

"It took place just two weeks after I first saw her at the accused's house in September."

Tan, who lives opposite Murugan's house, said when she first noticed Muntik, she looked physically fine.

She frequently saw Muntik around the house sweeping and cleaning the place.

"Sometimes, I would also see the accused scolding the maid and kicking her in the leg once or twice," she said, adding that Muntik would then cry in pain.

"The last time I saw Muntik was just a week before Deepavali. I noticed her face was bruised and she could not walk.

"I went for a holiday after that and when I returned, I didn't see the maid again."

Tan was testifying at the trial of Murugan, 36, a night market trader, who is charged with murdering Muntik, 36, at No.11, Jalan Datuk Yusof Shahbudin 6, Taman Sentosa in Klang between Oct 18 and 20 last year.

Muntik was found locked in the toilet of the house on Oct 20 and was sent to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital. She died six days later.

Another witness, lorry driver V. Rajendra, 47, said he used to see Muntik in the area when she was working with her previous employer.

Rajendra, who lives opposite the maid's previous employer, said: "Muntik used to work with a woman at No.2, Jalan Datuk Yusof Shahbudin 5 in Taman Sentosa," he said.

"The last time I saw her was in mid-August last year. Muntik had shoulder-length hair, had no injuries and could walk normally."

Rajendra said he had never heard her scream or heard of any complaints that she was beaten by her previous employer.

Hearing continues before judicial commissioner Mohd Yazid Mustafa on Feb 8.

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