Maid jailed for mixing antiseptic into cordial, 2 children later drank tainted drink

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Mila Rindi Antika, 18, admitted that she had mixed some Dettol into a bottle of Ribena cordial in August. Read more at straitstimes.com.

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SINGAPORE - An underage Indonesian maid mixed some Dettol antiseptic into a bottle of Ribena cordial and three people, including two children, later drank the tainted drink.The 18-year-old maid later claimed that she had been emotionally abused and stated, among other things, that she had not been given enough food.Mila also said that she had decided to commit the offence as she wanted to avoid doing work.

The Ministry of Manpower’s website stated that maids must be at least 23 years old during their work permit application. No one else was around on the morning of Aug 4 when Mila mixed some Dettol into a bottle of the cordial. She then put the Dettol bottle in the far end of a cabinet where the antiseptic was usually stored.

The man detected a chemical taste in the tainted drink but dismissed the thought soon after. The 11-year-old also drank some Ribena but did not complain.

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