Charges dropped against man accused of helping woman abuse her mother
He is alleged to have aided neighbour feed elderly woman faeces and urine
A 41-year-old man accused of abusing a woman in Lower Delta Road has been granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on all three charges.
Darwinder Singh Sukhdev Singh was charged on July 24 last year with abetting his next-door neighbour Siti Nur Redha Khamis, 25, in feeding her mother Kamisah Burel, 58, human faeces and urine.
The next week, on July 30, he was also charged with abetting Madam Kamisah's husband Khamis Abas in feeding her faeces and urine.
He was also charged with slapping Mr Khamis' face once.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelly Ho told a district court yesterday that the prosecution was withdrawing all three charges of causing hurt.
No reason was given for the withdrawal.
The case came under the spotlight when another neighbour, Mr Mohammad Juani, 25, posted a video on Facebook of a frail-looking Madam Kamisah being slapped hard by Ms Siti outside their third-storey two-room flat at Block 48, Lower Delta Road.
As Madam Kamisah attempted to steady herself, she was slapped again on the other side of her face.
The 77-second video went viral and was viewed more than half-a-million times within a day, prompting a surge of online outrage.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development responded with a statement less than three hours after the video was uploaded, saying it was looking into the matter.
Mr Juani had claimed the abuse had been going on almost daily for six months.
The father and daughter have not been charged with any crime yet.