No probation for woman who beat maid, breaking her nose
A district judge has turned down a defence lawyer's suggestion for probation to be given to his client who had been convicted of maid abuse.
The offender, Jenny Chan Yun Hui, 42, had repeatedly abused her Indonesian domestic helper, causing injuries including a broken nose.
Yesterday, lawyer Gary Leonard Low told District Judge Eddy Tham that his client has major depressive disorder.
The judge, however, replied that probation is given to adult offenders only in "exceptional" cases.
He said there were no such circumstances in Chan's case.
The Singaporean woman is now out on bail of $6,000 and is expected to be sentenced on Oct 30.
In February, she pleaded guilty to three assault charges, including one count of causing grievous hurt.
The maid, Ms Rasi, 27, who goes by one name, started working in Chan's apartment at the Water Place condominium in Tanjong Rhu Road in February 2016.
The court heard that Chan gave the maid a strict schedule of tasks to follow and would monitor her through multiple closed-circuit television cameras installed throughout the apartment.
Ms Rasi did not have a mobile phone and was not allowed to speak to the neighbours.
She had to wake up around 6am every day, and, as she did not have enough rest, often nodded off while doing her chores.
This angered Chan, who started physically abusing her in April that year.
In one instance, she became upset when Ms Rasi did not complete her morning chores, and punched her in the eye.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelly Ho said Chan also caused the back of the maid's head to bleed after she hit it with a plastic bowl.
On another occasion, Chan punched Ms Rasi's nose several times. The maid was later found to have suffered a nasal bone fracture.
When Ms Rasi said she wanted to stop working for the household, Chan warned her that if she ran away, she would alert the police and the younger woman would then be jailed for 20 years.
DPP Ho said Chan also punched the maid's eyes multiple times.
For causing grievous hurt to the maid, Chan can be jailed for up to 15 years and fined.