Woman, 61, jailed for scalding housemate

Woman, 61, jailed for scalding housemate

SINGAPORE - Dressed in a button-down top and black trousers, her stockinged feet in sandals and her belongings stowed in a pink recyclable bag, she looked like a typical grandmother.

Yet the setting could not be more contrasting.

The greying woman stood in the dock, her hands trembling as details of her crime were read out.

On the night of Sept 15, 2011, Qi Xinling, 61, got into an argument with her housemate, 23-year-old Guan Qiuyue, over their tenancy agreement.

Both from China, they were tenants of a flat in Jalan Bukit Ho Swee.

When the younger woman went to her room to do some work, she realised there was no Internet connection.

She went to the living room and found the Internet cable had been unplugged.

She then switched off the television even though Qi was watching it.

The two women got into a second argument that night and Miss Guan threw a cup of water at Qi.

In retaliation, Qi splashed hot water from a flask at Miss Guan, who ran back to her room screaming that she had been disfigured.

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