12 March 2008
An Indonesian maid was in the Federal Court where the manslaughter charge against her was reduced to causing grievous hurt using a dangerous weapon. 26-year-old Herlina Trisnawati was convicted of murdering her 32-year-old employer Soon Lay Chuan on 14 August 2001 at 3pm in Subang Jaya.
Herlina, from Surabaya, was slapped with the murder charge by the Shah Alam High Court on 4 November 2004. A year later, the Court of Appeal overturned the ruling and reduced the charge to manslaughter.
The Sabah Chief Judge and Federal Court judges agreed that the manslaughter charge against Herlina could not be sustained and gave her a 10-year jail term from the date of arrest. There was no evidence suggesting that Herlina had caused Soon’s death.
The judges did state that there was adequate circumstantial evidence to show that Herlina must have inflicted injuries on Soon using a weapon.
The Star Online – Federal Court reduces charge against Indonesian