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A married Sri Lankan maid was on Monday jailed for 10 years for killing her lover, an Indian national, in 2009 following a fight in his room.

Mr Murugaiyan Selvam's body being taken away. Puwaneswary Tharmalingam, a married Sri Lankan maid, was on Monday, May 6, 2013, jailed for 10 years for killing Mr Murugaiyan, her lover, in 2009 following a fight in his room. -- FILE PHOTO: SHIN MIN
The High Court heard that the couple started their affair in 2007. Mr Murugaiyan has been working here since 1998 while Puwaneswary came to Singapore in 2004. Puwaneswary Tharmalingam, now 34, pleaded guilty to striking Mr Murugaiyan Selvam, 32, on the head with an improvised dumbbell in his room at his Kaki Bukit workplace.

On the night of Dec 3, 2009, Mr Murugaiyan asked his lover for her employers' cheque book as he needed money for his upcoming arranged marriage in India. Puwaneswary, whose husband and two children are in Sri Lanka, confronted him for exploiting her for sex and money.

A fight broke out between the couple. Puwaneswary then struck him on the head with a 5.6-kg dumbbell. (Straits Times)

  Comments - 15

  • meenavan Monday, 06 May 2013 09:18 AM

    Puwaneswary lion or tiger....but suely Sri lankan

    mohamed asfar Monday, 06 May 2013 09:25 AM

    these kind of housemaids are coming to sri lanka with stories like non payment of salary, abuse etc.etc.....expecting free house from the govt.

    Francis Monday, 06 May 2013 10:06 AM

    She is lucky to have escaped death sentence unlike in SL where it is not serious . also Singapre jail will be like a 3 star hotel in SL. Enjoy you stay what will you tell your husband and children ?

    Kasun Monday, 06 May 2013 10:30 AM

    It is not Straits Times. It should read: Strait Times

    ruvin Monday, 06 May 2013 11:12 AM

    see the difference.

    In Singapore: wife kills husband, she goes to jail.

    In Sri Lanka: Politician kills politician, he goes to Singapore hospital.

    Such is the tragedy of emerald isle.

    Nimal Monday, 06 May 2013 11:13 AM

    I think he black mail her by telling her husband about their relationship if she isn't agree to give sex and money. Why she didn't try same thing with a woman who he is going to marry ??

    somapala Monday, 06 May 2013 11:13 AM


    firefox Monday, 06 May 2013 11:15 AM

    The justice system works in Singapore unlike in Sri Lanka!

    lal Monday, 06 May 2013 11:17 AM

    An entire family is victimised because of sending our women abroad. With economic progress now in place we can look forward to ending this slavery in the near future, I hope.

    Koridtuwakkuarachchi Monday, 06 May 2013 11:25 AM

    If this has happened in Saudi Ranjan Ramanayaka would have made a big show down in front of the embassy.

    tony Monday, 06 May 2013 11:35 AM

    Are you dreaming

    IOSirisena Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:25 AM

    LTTE genes at work I see...

    MayIwin Silva Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:26 AM

    After all our women never learn. Once they learn its too late.

    ak Tuesday, 07 May 2013 02:28 AM

    hahaha. cool statement..

    thas Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:58 AM

    if something happened , with Sinhalese like above, whose genes , is it yours haha. do not be so racist

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