Siti Kamal (photo), 24, admitted trying to blackmail $ 1,000 from the parents of the dying girl
A Malaysian woman blackmailing the parents of a dying baby with precious photos on their stolen phone has been slammed for her “extraordinary cruelty.”
A judge tore Siti Kamal after trying to extort $ 1,000 from a frightened couple whose baby died in Melbourne.
Jay and Dee Windross had made an urgent plea to trace their stolen phone in April 2019, because it contained special memories of their daughter Amiyah.
Amiyah, who was 11 months old, died in April, days after a mobile phone with irreplaceable family photos was stolen from a shopping mall in Melbourne.
During a hearing in the County Court of Victoria on Monday, Judge Elizabeth Gaynor indicated that she would send Kamal to prison.
Baby Amiyah (photo) died tragically in April after he succumbed to an undiagnosed neurological problem
“You have a couple spending their final days with their dying child,” the judge told Kamal during a Monday plea.
‘In a situation of almost indescribable fear … I can hardly think of a worse case (of blackmail).
“The extraordinary cruelty that accompanied this is a concern.”
Kamal, 24, pleaded guilty in July of blackmailing the couple in the hours before and after the death of little Amiyah by an undiagnosed neurological disorder.
She had contacted Jay and Dee Windross through WhatsApp after they had made a desperate plea for the return of the Samsung Galaxy S8 phone.
The cruel thief said she would only return the phone – and the precious photos – if the grieving couple paid her.
The Jay and Dee Windross couple from Melbourne (photo), the 11-month-old daughter Amiyah, fought from the day she was born against an “undiagnosed neurological issue” and died in April
In a cruel turn – it looks like Kamal didn’t even have the phone and it’s still not sent back.
Windross said she texted him all night long, trying to spend “every emotional minute” with his child.
“It was a hoax. It was not just a complete and complete waste of my time, it interrupted my last moments with my dying daughter, “he wrote on Facebook.
The couple believes the phone was stolen in April next to Target at Chadstone Shopping Center.
“It’s despicable. It is disgusting, Mrs. Windross said at the time.
“Why would anyone do that and she knew the position we were in? You could tell by the messages. How can you be so disgraceful? “
“The hours we held our daughter, this woman was in her own house and demanded money from us.
Kamal (photo) had contacted the couple while they were spending their last precious moments with their dying daughter
Mrs. Windross (photo, left) left her phone in a restroom on Chadstone shopping center in Melbourne on April 20, and her husband (right) pleaded desperately for the return
Kamal contacted the couple via WhatsApp after posting various desperate messages on social media to help them pick up the phone. Her husband is pictured as he leaves the court
Her lawyer Rahmin De Krester acknowledged that the woman would receive a prison sentence, but asked that the time was already in custody.
“I accept that this is a morally indefensible crime,” said Mr. De Krester.
He asked Judge Gaynor to take into account Kamal’s age, the lack of criminal history, asked guilty plea and problems with impulsiveness.
She has no diagnosable disability or personality disorder and the judge indicated that she was preparing for a longer prison sentence.
“The only conclusion left by the court is that this was a deliberate, albeit impulsive, decision to act in an extremely cruel manner,” Judge Gaynor said.
‘These victims were chosen because of their vulnerability.
“Seeing an opportunity in the suffering of others is extremely worrying.”
Kamal will be sentenced on March 10 and is likely to be deported to Malaysia after her release from prison.
A woman tried to exploit the vulnerability of the couple by extorting $ 1000 from them while their daughter died