Maid ‘tries to poison couple’

2015-05-09 08:44
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THE neatly dressed domestic servant takes a bottle out of her handbag, walks to the fridge and pours it into the water container.

At that stage Chantel van der Merwe (25) and her husband ­Billy (26) had already been suffering from nausea, stomach aches and diarrhoea.

On Wednesday evening, they decided to install a close circuit television camera in their ­kitchen. “When I looked at the video material on Thursday morning, I could see how she took a bottle out of her handbag and poured the contents into our fridge’s built-in water ­containers,” said Chantel. “I couldn’t believe it and showed it to my husband. He called the ­police and they came and took her and the video material.”

Warrant officer Ian Wheeler of the Pongola police in KwaZulu-Natal said the domestic worker has been arrested and a case of attempted murder is being ­investigated against her.

Chantel said she tasted something strange when she drank water from the fridge and told her husband to have closed circuit television installed in the kitchen to find out what was happening.

“I had a suspicion that something was not right.”

According to Chantel, the ­domestic servant did not ­respond to her when she asked her why she had done it.

“She admitted that she has tampered with our water but would not say what she added to it. She also gave us the bottle which has been sent away for analysis.”

The Van der Merwes had no indication that she possibly could have been unhappy.

“There was no word that she was going to be fired. We have no idea why she did it.

“We have a two-month-old baby and that scares us if you think what else she could have done,” Chantel said

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