BUKIT MERTAJAM: An Indonesian maid who was rescued by police yesterday following suspected repeated abuse by her employers has died.
Adelina, 21, died at 4.45pm today while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital.
When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai here, Adelina had severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs.
Her plight came to light after a police report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam Member of Parliament.
Police have detained her employers – a 36-year-old woman and her 39-year-old brother – to assist in their investigation.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the case, which was being investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, would now be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
"For now, we have recorded statements from witnesses, including neighbours, the maid's agent, her friends and the doctor who attended to her.
"We are combing the scene to look for other evidence which can assist in our investigation," he said.
A post mortem will be conducted at 9am tomorrow to ascertain her cause of death.