Singapore: A 39-year-old Indian-origin Singaporean was arrested here on Friday for helping his next-door neighbour feed her aged mother human faeces and urine, days after the video of the incident went viral.
The incident of Darwinder Singh abetting his neighbour Siti Nur Redha Khamis, 25, in feeding her mother Kamisah Burel, 58, with human faeces and urine, was filmed and the video went viral.
Singh was arrested and charged in court. Singh has been remanded by the police for a week in order to conduct raids and help with investigations into other possible offences, which a police prosecutor said could have taken place over a long time.
Addressing the court, Singh said he had told Khamis to feed her mother the faeces only once, but that she had done it everyday.
He maintained that Khamis had been out of work for eight months, and that he had tried to support her.
"I pawned my jewellery. I sold my handphone and laptop for her. She's accused me of a lot of things," he said.
He added that his mother, Asha, had nobody to depend on but him, and that they both had medical conditions.
Singh had earlier furnished local media with photos that he claimed to have secretly snapped of the alleged abuse.
The photos seemed to show Kamisah being beaten with brooms, having her hair pulled, and stepped on.
The alleged abuse made waves online after another neighbour, Mohammad Juani, 25, posted a video on Facebook of Burel being slapped outside her flat by Khamis.
Singh will next appear in court next Friday (July 31). If convicted, he faces up to seven years in jail, a fine, caning, or any combination of the above.