30 year-old Tuti Aeliyah was jailed for 12 years today after pleading guilty to one charge of culpable homicide for killing 16 year-old Shameera Basha Noor Basha (above), a secondary 4 student at Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, on 14th November 2013. Tuti was originally charged with murder but managed to escape the gallows after psychiatrists diagnosed her with severe depression.
Tuti started working for her employer’s family in April 2012.
During her meetings with the psychiatrist, Tuti told her psychiatrist that a few months before the murder, she lost weight, did not want to call home and cried often. She even told a fellow maid that she wished to commit suicide. She tried to kill herself the night before the murder but failed.
The next morning, she chanced upon Shameera who was sleeping alone at home while her parents and brother had gone out. She claimed that at that moment, she saw a ghost in the toilet which told her to kill the teenager.
She went to Shameera’s room with a knife, and tried to smother the girl with a pillow. Shameera woke up with a start and struggled, which caused the maid to stab her in the abdomen and chest. The maid grabbed the teen’s dark green pinafore nearby and wrapped it around the teen’s neck several times, pulling on both ends to strangle the teen to death.
Tuti then drank half a capful of fabric softener, made superficial cuts on her wrist with a knife and tried to hang herself from from a toilet pipe but failed to kill herself.
At about 12.30pm, Shameera’s mother returned home and called the police after finding her daughter dead.