Maid ‘mixed her urine and menstrual blood into family’s food to control them’

A Filipino woman has appeared in court in Singapore for allegedly serving a rice dish mixed with her urine and menstrual blood.

Canares Rowena Ola, 43, is accused of giving the meal to the occupants of one particular flat in Sengkang in the island city-state of Singapore in December 2018.

Neither the identity of the victims or a possible motive was revealed in court, but according to the police, it is known that the dish was eaten.

The relationship between the woman from the Philippines and the victims is also unclear.

Ola has pleaded not guilty to a charge of mischief for which she could be jailed for up to a year.

Her lawyer Kalaithasan Karuppaya said his client was disputing the charge, Channel News Asia reports.

"She's disputing that such a thing happened. She never committed this offence," he said.

The court heard that no testing was done on the soiled food items as they were completely consumed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Keith Jieren Thirumaran told District Judge Marvin Bay that Ola had earlier admitted to the offence in several statements to the authorities, according to local reports.

Her pre-trial hearing will take place next month.

In an unrelated incident earlier this year also in Singapore, an Indonesian maid was found guilty of mixing her period blood and urine, as well as some dirty water, into a rice dish for her family.

The 30-year-old, known only by her first name Diana, was hired in 2017 by a family to work as a housemaid.

The court was told that Diana believed that if the family ate the food, they would no longer scold her and instead do everything she told them.

She was sentenced to seven months in jail for two counts of mischief.

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