Couple cleared of maid abuse after payment of $5,000, AGC withdraws charges
A couple escaped prosecution for alleged maid abuse after the charges were withdrawn by the prosecution yesterday.
The court heard that Mr Tan Yu Jin and wife Evelyn Phoon Wei Ling paid 32-year-old Ms Gina Astrologio Vilog $5,000 in composition - the practice of making a payment instead of receiving a punishment.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo said she was "surprised" at the decision of the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to drop the charges in a maid abuse case.
She awarded the couple a discharge amounting to an acquittal, adding she did so "reluctantly".