The Malaysian national who caused the death of a 76-year-old elderly was charged for voluntarily causing hurt instead of murder. According to the court’s hearing, Woo Mui Mee, 34, was found to have cut her landlord’s forehand with a paper cutter.

The maximum sentence for voluntarily causing hurt is 7 years’ jail and a fine, and pales as compared to the maximum death penalty sentence for a homicide charge.

The Singapore police said they are likely to upgrade the charge and the Malaysian woman will be remanded for a week to assist investigations. The case will be heard again on Nov 30.

Woo Mui Mee rents a room from retiree William Wong for S$250 a month, but she often face adverse financial difficulties resulting in her defaulting on her rental. She used to work as a dishwasher for William Wong’s wife, Winnie Teo’s employer, but kept switching jobs according to Winnie Teo’s media interview.

The 76-year-old retiree also lived a poverty-stricken life and depended on Woo Mui Mee’s monthly rental to pay for his expenses. His wife Winnie Teo works as a part-time cleaner at a food court in Orchard road.

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