SINGAPORE – A housekeeper, annoyed and tired of caring for a bedridden woman with dementia, used tissue paper to roughly wipe her down.

She then punched the 74-year-old woman in the face.

Siti Farihah, 41, was sentenced to four weeks in prison on Tuesday July 26 after pleading guilty to a charge of willfully injuring a vulnerable victim.

Deputy Attorney General Chong Yong said in court documents that the Indonesian was employed by a 43-year-old Singaporean who is the victim’s son.

The elderly woman lived in Lorong Ah Soo, with her family.

On February 14 this year, around noon, the man was in his room when he heard his mother screaming for his wife. At that time, only he, his mother and Siti were at home.

He rushed outside and saw his mother sitting upright in a chair in the living room and Siti feeding her rice.

“The (man) went to the victim and observed that there was redness around his right cheek and lips,” DPP Chong said.

The man asked his mother what happened and she said Siti hit her.

He retrieved footage recorded by a CCTV camera placed in the living room and called the police the following day.

Investigations revealed that in the moments before the elderly woman called her son’s wife, her hand had been wiped by Siti with a piece of tissue paper in a rough manner.

Siti then threw the piece of tissue paper at the victim, climbed on top of her and also wiped her face in a brutal manner.

Shortly after, she punched the right side of the victim’s face.

The victim sought treatment at Sengkang General Hospital on February 15 this year, and bruises on his right cheek were discovered.

DPP Chong said, “During the investigations, the defendant informed the police that her actions against the victim arose out of frustration and fatigue from having to take care of the victim.”

For each count of willful injury, Siti could have been jailed for three years, fined $5,000, or both. The maximum penalty can be doubled for crimes committed against vulnerable victims.