RIYADH – A Saudi court sentenced an Indonesian housemaid to death after she was convicted of decapitating her employers’ 4-year-old child, sparking two other deaths, a newspaper reported Monday.
The maid was “charged with decapitating the girl with a cleaver when her parents were away at work and her sisters were at school,” the Saudi Gazette said.
The court on Sunday sentenced to death an “Indonesian housemaid who was found guilty of murdering Tala al-Shehri, a 4-year-old girl, in (the Red Sea city of) Yanbu last September,” the English-language daily reported.
The woman was also handed down an eight-month prison term and 200 lashes for attempted suicide after committing the horrific crime, it said.
The maid’s lawyer, appointed by the Indonesian mission in Riyadh, said the consulate will initiate legal action in Jakarta against a man who the newspaper said had convinced the woman in text messages to commit the crime.
Al-Watan daily said the girl’s mother, a teacher, found the house locked upon arrival on the day of the crime. The maid refused to open the door, threatening to kill the already-dead girl. Alerted, the husband rushed to the house by car and, in his panic, had a car crash in which he killed a motorist and injured his 6-year-old daughter, who later also died of her wounds, Al-Watan said.