SINGAPORE- Disowned by his parents, he approached Madam Kanne Lactmy's son to help him get a job.
So Madam Lactmy, 62, told her son to give the man a chance and help him.
Fifteen years on, her family are disappointed to learn that the man who sometimes had dinner in their home and called Madam Lactmy "Amma" (mother) has been charged with her murder.
Madam Lactmy was found lying on the floor of her four-room flat at Block 875, Yishun Street 81, on Dec 9 and was pronounced dead in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital at about 1.30pm.
P. Mageswaran was yesterday charged with causing her death between 8.34am and 12.27pm that day. If convicted of murder, he will face the death penalty or life imprisonment with caning.
Madam Lactmy's eldest son, Mr Gerrard Bala, 41, told The New Paper yesterday that the family had initially thought she had suffered a heart attack as she had been taking medication for diabetes and heart problems for more than 10 years.
The limousine driver said his aunt, who lived a few blocks away, discovered the body when she and her neighbour's maid went to check on Madam Lactmy.
He said the sisters would meet to chat every morning and his mother's younger sibling became worried when her calls to Madam Lactmy went unanswered that day.
They found her in the bedroom of Mr Bala's younger brother.