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4 weeks' jail for woman who kicked maid repeatedly in her tummy, thighs

Published on Aug 26, 2014 2:50 PM
 
A housewife kicked her domestic worker so badly that the maid decided to escape by climbing out of her employer's 36th floor flat instead. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A housewife kicked her domestic worker so badly that the maid decided to escape by climbing out of her employer's 36th floor flat instead.

Tay Li Nah, 39, was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Indonesian maid Saedatun Fandilah, 26, at her home in Teban Gardens Road on Feb 5 last year.

District Judge V. Jesudevan gave Tay a long lecture, calling her conduct deplorable and said even slaves were treated with some element of respect because "as human beings, we must extend respect to other human beings''. He noted that the maid's injuries were not trivial. If there was any misstep during her escape, the maid would have fallen to her death, he said.

At an earlier hearing in May, the court heard that Tay scolded Ms Saedatun for mopping the floor without sweeping it first at about 12.30am on Feb 5 last year.

 
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