Woman blackmailed grieving parents as daughter lay dying

AS A Melbourne couple's baby girl died in their arms, a scammer saw an opportunity to make some cash in return for giving them back their stolen phone full of precious memories. But the heartless woman didn't even have it.

But in the hours before and after little Amiyah's death from an undiagnosed neurological condition, Siti Nurhidayah Kamal - a mother herself - was busy trying to make herself some cash.

Yesterday she pleaded guilty to blackmailing the Boronia couple, who had made a public appeal through social media for the phone to be returned.

In WhatsApp messages 25-year-old Kamal got in touch claiming to have found it.

But she told the desperate parents she'd only return it if they paid her $1000.

"Please transfer me money I will return u the phone, or maybe I just sell it," Kamal wrote, knowing the young girl had only a short time to live.

"You may help me today, God may help you."

Siti Nurhidayah Kamal tried to swindle the couple out of $1,000. Picture: Facebook
Siti Nurhidayah Kamal tried to swindle the couple out of $1,000. Picture: Facebook

 

Jay Windross with Amiyah.
Jay Windross with Amiyah.

She sent them her full name and bank account details - it led police straight to her once it became clear she wasn't being honest.

"Please I'm begging you, I don't want to erase all of you memory, I promise you I am honest person," Kamal wrote in a message to the couple just 20 minutes after Amiyah died.

She persisted the following day, giving the grieving couple the run-around as they tried to arrange a point to exchange the phone and money.

Jay and Dee Windross outside Ringwood Magistrates' Court after Kamal’s arrest. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
Jay and Dee Windross outside Ringwood Magistrates' Court after Kamal’s arrest. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Despite claims early in the conversation that Kamal was apologetic for not returning the phone earlier, it eventually became clear Kamal was not being truthful.

A Malaysian national, Kamal had been living in Springvale with her husband and was working as an food deliver rider.

She has two children who remained with family in Malaysia.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt ordered Kamal remain in custody until a pre-sentence hearing on October 31.

Despite a widespread appeal for help, Ms Windross' phone has not been returned.

The Samsung Galaxy S8, which had a purple cover, was left in toilets next to Target at Chadstone.

- AAP


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