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Bail granted for Hong Kong woman accused of beating maids with mops, clothes hangers

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:12 PM

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong mother of two who a court heard punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was released on bail on on Wednesday after she was formally charged in a case that has triggered outrage.

Police arrested former beautician Law Wan Tung at the airport on Monday before she boarded a flight to Thailand, since when she has been jeered as a monster on trips between the police station and her home.

Law, 44, dressed in a black jacket, was calm as six charges were read out - two counts of wounding, one count of common assault and three counts of criminal intimidation.

The judge released Law on bail of HK$1 million (S$164,970) despite calls from the prosecutor to keep her in custody given the severity of the suspected abuse over many years, and the risk of her leaving Hong Kong.

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