TAIPEI - An Indonesian worker, known only as Ani, who allegedly murdered the owner of a breakfast shop where she was employed on Monday, revealed during police questioning yesterday that she carried out the homicide due to unfair working treatment and claimed that her former boss had slashed her salary.
According to the police, Ani was introduced to the owners of the breakfast shop in Zhubei, Hsinchu City through an agent last August. She began working there illegally with a promised monthly wage of NT$26,000 (S$1,140), but was later fired in December.
Ani admitted to stabbing Lin Ting-yi with a steak knife three times in the left chest before running off early Monday morning. The incident took place at the entrance of the shop. She was discovered by other shop workers, and was sent to the hospital. Lin later died from blood loss.
Workplace Bullying Spawned Homicide?
Ani claimed that she was taunted by the shop owners, who said that she had mental problems, and was often called "stupid," "trash" and "dog." Only recently did the Ani decide to carry out murder in revenge.
The Indonesian worker said that the she had worked there for almost half a year, but had received only NT$22,000 per month in wages, lower than the discussed NT$26,000. Yet, she claimed that the main reason behind the murder was Lin's "workplace bullying."
Lin's husband, said that after illegally employing Ani through an agent last August, she began to show disturbing signs of a mental disorder, such as often muttering to herself. In the end they decided to lay Ani off. The husband claimed that they had "never cut the worker's pay."
A relative of Lin said that Lin gave Ani's wages to her agent every month on time, but did not know whether she received the money or not.
Possible Death Penalty
Police authorities yesterday found that the Indonesian suspect deliberately murdered her former boss after examining the corpse. The suspect not only stabbed Lin's heart, but twisted the knife as well.
Officers also reported that the suspect had been wearing gloves at the time, and cleaned the steak knife after committing the murder.
The Indonesian worker was sent to the Hsinchu District Prosecutor's Office yesterday afternoon suspected of homicide. Attorney Liao Fang-hsuan said that the worker could face the death penalty.
The Labor Affairs Department in Hsinchu County said that fruit stands, restaurants, and construction sites cannot employ illegal foreign workers.