Sentencing adjourned for maid abuser

A woman repeatedly tormented her domestic helper between August and September in 2017, subjecting the latter to acts of abuse including squeezing her neck until she had difficulty breathing.

The Singaporean offender, now 43, had also slapped the Myanmar national's cheeks before telling her: "I will kill you today."

The offender was initially expected to be sentenced on Thursday, but she broke down in the dock and started sobbing. District Judge Ong Chin Rhu halted the proceedings and resumed about 30 minutes later, after the woman's husband calmed her down and she stopped crying.

Defence lawyer Peter Fernando told the court that his client had been diagnosed with clinical depression and panic disorder. She will now be sentenced on Nov 24.

The judge had earlier convicted the woman of six assault charges involving the maid following a trial. She also found the offender guilty of one count of using criminal force on the helper.

Details about the woman and the 24-year-old maid cannot be disclosed due to a gag order, as one of the witnesses - the offender's son - was a minor when he testified in court during the trial. His age was not disclosed in court documents.

In his submissions, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kumaresan Gohulabalan said the maid started working in the offender's Sengkang flat in May 2017.

The two women generally had a good relationship at first, but it soured after the offender's mother returned to India in June 2017.

The Straits Times

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