MAS Ambika, 60, was charged with murdering Indonesian maid Adelina Lisao while her daughter was charged with employing the maid knowing that she had no legal work permit.
Ambika allegedly caused the death of Adelina at her home in Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, at 4pm on February 10.
She was charged in the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court today under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
No plea was recorded from the accused.
Magistrate Muhamad Anas Mahadzir set April 19 for mention.
Counsel Muhaimin Hashim appeared for Ambika, on behalf of lawyer Ramkarpal Singh.
Ambika’s daughter, R Jayavartiny, 32, claimed trial to allegedly employing Adelina with the knowledge that the Indonesian had no legal work permit.
She allegedly committed the offence, under Section 55B(1) of the Immigration Act, from March last year to February 10.
The offence provides for a fine of not less than RM10,000 and not more than RM50,000, a jail term of not more than 12 months, or both.
Deputy public prosecutor Hamzah Azhan asked that the court fix bail at RM20,000.
Muhaimin, who also represented Jayavartiny, appealed for a lower bail of RM12,000, saying his client, who works in sales, had to raise money for her mother’s case.
The court set bail at RM15,000, and April 19 for mention, pending the submission of documents.
Jayavartiny’s 39-year-old brother, who was also remanded, was released as a prosecution witness.
Adelina was found with severe bodily injuries on Feb 10, believed to be caused by her employer’s abuse.
It was also reported that she had been forced to sleep with a Rottweiler on the porch outside the house for two months.
A day following her rescue, she died at the Seberang Jaya Hospital after suffering multiple-organ failure linked to anaemia.
Her death has sparked a debate on the need to better protect migrant workers.
It has also led to Indonesia looking at revisiting a moratorium on sending maids to Malaysia.