Home Briefs: Maid jailed 6 months for pinching toddler

Maid jailed 6 months for pinching toddler

A Filipino maid who pinched a two-year-old boy on various parts of his body for nearly a year was yesterday jailed for six months.

Fajardo Elizabeth Esquiral, 26, pleaded guilty to one charge of ill-treating the child by physically abusing him.

A district court heard that Fajardo was hired in July 2013 by a single, working mother.

The maid's job was mainly to look after the woman's two sons, now aged three and nine. They cannot be named to protect their identities.

Fajardo slept in the same bedroom as the younger child.

The older son was mischievous, the court heard but whenever Fajardo got upset, she would pinch the younger boy as he was unlikely to report her actions.

In January, the mother found multiple scars and wounds on the younger boy and took him to hospital.

Later at home, Fajardo admitted to her crimes.

Ikea recalls range of child safety gates

Ikea has issued an immediate recall of its Patrull range of safety gates, after receiving reports of the gates opening unexpectedly and children falling down stairs.

Some incidents in other countries saw children requiring medical attention, the Swedish furniture giant said in a statement yesterday.

The Patrull, Patrull Fast and Patrull Klamma safety gates are sold in all Ikea stores, including in Singapore, although no incidents have been reported here.

Customers who bought the safety gate are urged to stop using it immediately and take it back to any Ikea store for a full refund.

A proof of purchase receipt is not required, Ikea said.

For more information, contact Ikea's customer relations on 6786-6868.

Three arrested over loanshark harassment

The police have arrested a man and two women, aged between 19 and 27, in relation to a loanshark harassment report.

The case involved the setting of fire to the front door of a unit at Block 61B, Strathmore Avenue, on June 19. Police arrested a woman, aged 19, two days later.

Follow-up action by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department led to the arrest of two other suspects, a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, on June 23.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the trio are believed to be responsible for three other cases of loanshark harassment reported on June 19.

These cases were at Fernvale Link, Rivervale Crescent and Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, and involved the splashing of paint and scrawling of loanshark- related graffiti.

The 19-year-old suspect was charged in court yesterday. The other two suspects are expected to appear in court today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe