SINGAPORE - A maid was found dead at the foot of a block on Monday after allegedly striking her female employer with a hammer.
The employer, who was taken to Changi General Hospital with a bleeding head, was discharged yesterday afternoon.
The woman, who is in her 30s, is resting at home, her husband told The Straits Times at their 14th-floor unit at Aquarius by the Park, a condominium in Bedok Reservoir View. He declined to comment on the incident.
Police said that they received a call at about 8am on Monday. When they arrived, they found 26-year-old Indian national Palwinder Kaur lying motionless at the foot of the block.
Paramedics declared her dead at the scene.
Chinese evening dailies reported that Ms Kaur was due to be repatriated because she had been caught stealing from her employer on at least two separate occasions. She had started working only two months ago.
On Monday, a loud quarrel erupted between Ms Kaur and her employer which ended with her allegedly hitting her employer before she jumped.
Her employer had run out of the unit after the attack, shouting for help.
A next-door neighbour, Mr Abhishek Puja, told Shin Min Daily News that Ms Kaur had previously begged her employers not to send her back as she had borrowed a large amount of money to come to Singapore.
That morning, he also saw Ms Kaur crying loudly on the floor in the living room.
Police are investigating the unnatural death.
Samaritans of Singapore (tel: 1800-221-4444)
Singapore Association for Mental Health (tel: 1800-283-7019)
Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin) (tel: 1800-353-5800)
This article was first published on January 21, 2015.
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