SINGAPORE - In the latest twist surrounding a viral video that showed an elderly woman allegedly being abused by her daughter outside their Lower Delta Road flat, their neighbour was arrested and charged on Friday (July 24) in court.
Darwinder Singh, 39, stands accused of abetting his next-door neighbour Siti Nur Redha Khamis, 25, in feeding her mother Kamisah Burel, 58, with human faeces and urine.
He has been remanded for a week in order for the police to conduct raids and help with investigations into other possible offences, which a police prosecutor said could have taken place over a long time.
Addressing the court, Singh said he had told Ms Siti to feed her mother the faeces only once, but that she had done it every day.
He maintained that Ms Siti had been out of work for eight months, and that he had tried to support her. "I pawned my jewellery. I sold my handphone and laptop for her.
"She's accused me of a lot of things."
He added that his mother, Madam Asha, had nobody to depend on but him, and that they both had medical conditions.
Singh had earlier furnished The New Paper with photos that he claimed to have secretly snapped of the alleged abuse. The photos seemed to show Madam Kamisah being beaten with brooms, having her hair pulled, and stepped on.
The alleged abuse made waves online after another neighbour, Mr Mohammad Juani, 25, posted a video on Facebook of Madam Kamisah being slapped outside her flat by Ms Siti.
Singh will next appear in court on July 31.
If convicted, he faces up to seven years in jail, a fine, caning, or any combination of the above.
This article was first published on July 24, 2015.
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