Consultant denies torturing her maid

Consultant denies torturing her maid
Trying time: Ong being led out of the Ampang Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - A freelance consultant was charged with allegedly torturing her maid by pulling her teeth out and even trying to kill her.

Serene Ong Su Ping, 47, claimed trial to causing grievous injury to Meriance Kabu, 32, by using pliers to pull out four of her teeth, between Feb 11 and Dec 20 last year.

Ong also faced a second charge of allegedly hurting the maid with the intent to kill her.

She claimed trial to both offences, which were allegedly committed at a flat in Pandan Jaya, before the Ampang Sessions Court here.

Ong faces up to 20 years' prison and a fine or whipping for the first charge under Section 326 of the Penal Code, and a mandatory 20 years' prison if convicted under Section 307 for attempted murder.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz urged the court not to offer bail as it was a serious offence.

But Ong's lawyer, William Edwin, pleaded for bail, saying that she had to care for her 93-year-old grandmother and 73-year-old mother and was willing to accept additional bail conditions.

Judge Unaizah Mohd allowed bail at RM15,000 (S$5,658) with one surety and ordered Ong to stay away from the victim. She also directed Ong to surrender her passport to the court and report to the police station on the first of every month.

The court fixed Feb 5 for next mention.

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