Monday, 26th October 2009
Police have classified her death as murder. It was initially a case of vountarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.
Mautik Hani, 36, was found hidden in the toilet of the house at about 7pm on Oct 20, after a tip-off by a neighbor.
A married couple, believed to be her employers, have been arrested and remanded for further investigations
Mautik, from Surabaya, had apparently been locked in the toilet for two days when she was found.
She had a big wound on right leg that looked like it had been infected for some time while her face was swollen and bruised.
Mautik is believed to have worked in the house for the past two months and was locked in the toilet for two days before she was discovered.
She did not have any valid travel documents when she was rescued.
Died without regaining conscious
Hospital director Dr Ghazali Hasni Md Hassan said the victim, who had suffered multiple injuries, was unconscious when she was admitted and died without regaining conscious.
He said she was treated by a group of medical specialists, including orthopedic and anesthetic specialists, and a surgical team.
She was due for surgery but was not fit yet, he said, adding that she had not responded to antibiotics and drugs.
She was also suffering from malnutrition and dehydration, added Dr Ghazali.
District police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Mat Yusop said the case had been reclassified under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. It was initially investigated under Section 326 for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.
ACP Mohamad said a post-mortem would be carried out to determine the cause of death.
Police looking for employer's mum
“We are looking for at least three more people to help us in our investigations,” he added.
It is learnt that police are looking for the male employer’s mother, who also stayed in the same house, the informer who found Mautik, and a former employer of Mautik.
A 29-year-old woman was arrested on the same day Mautik was found and her husband surrendered to the police the following day.
Two officers from the Indonesian Embassy and Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar were at the hospital to gather more information on the case
Dr Xavier said the Selangor state government expressed its deepest condolences to Mautik’s family and was prepared to help if her family needed help in sending the body home or if family members wanted to come to Malaysia to claim the body