Woman admits abusing daughter, maid

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A woman who was suffering from mental disorders abused her maid physically, once choking her with a towel, and pressed a hot lighter on her own daughter over household chores. The 41-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect the victims’ identities, pleaded guilty yesterday to three charges including voluntarily causing hurt to a maid and ill-treatment of a child.

The court heard that the woman stayed with her husband and daughter, now 11, in a flat. The family employed the victim, a 28-year-old Indonesian national, as a domestic worker in March 2017.

She was not given any days off and no access to a handphone, and was tasked with household chores and caring for the accused’s daughter.

The prosecutor said there were “no issues” between March and November 2017, although the accused would sometimes reprimand the domestic helper for being slow or making mistakes.

She would wake up at 4.30am and sleep at 12.30am and was not allowed to leave the house unless she was following the accused.

In December 2017, the accused first assaulted the maid by slapping her twice in the face. She began abusing her almost daily the following month, slapping her hand and back and pulling her hair when she made “mistakes” by oversleeping or not finishing her tasks.

The accused told the helper that she expected her to finish all her chores in specific rooms by the time the accused woke up.