SINGAPORE — A housekeeper who robbed her employer and repeatedly hit him over the head with a laptop until the device broke was sentenced Monday (March 21) to six years and six months in prison .

The Myanmar national, now 36, was also sentenced to four additional months behind bars instead of 12 strokes of the cane. This is because women cannot be caned as part of their punishment.

After committing the theft, she fled her employer’s Commonwealth apartment with over $37,000 in cash and valuables.

She then bought a plane ticket back to Myanmar but was arrested before she could board her flight.

She had previously pleaded guilty to willfully causing grievous bodily harm by committing robbery. A charge of cheating by impersonation was considered at sentencing.

The maid and her employer cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the latter’s identity.

The employer, 61, was sleeping in her bedroom when she felt something sharp on her neck around 10.30am on January 17, 2020.

She opened her eyes to find her maid on the bed holding a kitchen knife, threatening to kill her unless she handed over her valuables.

A struggle ensued between the two women and the knife injured the employer’s hands in the scuffle.

The maid then used a laptop to beat the victim who tried to protect himself by covering his head with his hands.

In earlier proceedings, Assistant District Attorney Jane Lim said: ‘The victim begged the defendant not to harm her and told him the key to her valuables was in a shoulder bag.’

The maid retrieved the key and took the elderly woman’s valuables from a cupboard.

After that, she took her employer’s diamond ring and removed her necklace with a pair of scissors. The valuables and cash she took totaled over $37,000.