Hong Kong couple on trial for assaulting Indonesian maid
HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong couple left their Indonesian domestic helper without food or water after tying her to a chair and forcing her to wear a diaper while they went on five-day vacation, a report said on Saturday.
The pair, 42-year-old Tai Chi-wai and his 41-year-old wife Catherine Au were in court on Friday for "assault occasioning actual bodily harm" according to the city's official Judiciary website.
Tai and Au also face charges of false imprisonment, assault, and six counts of inflicting grievous body harm on their former maid Kartika Puspitasari over a period of two years ending last October, the South China Morning Post reported.
The court heard the couple, who deny the charges, would tie their maid up whenever they left their home or went to bed. It also heard that Au allegedly used a paper cutter on Puspitasari's hands and stomach and banged her head on a tap, the Post said.