SINGAPORE - Unhappy that her maid had mopped the floor without sweeping it first, Tay Li Nah told the Indonesian that she would be punished.
On Feb 5 last year, at about 12.30am, the housewife, 39, ordered Ms Saedatun Fandilah, 26, to face a wall in the flat on the 36th storey of Block 22, Teban Gardens. She then kicked her buttocks repeatedly.
After that, Tay told the younger woman to turn around before kicking her abdomen and upper thighs.
Tay, who pleaded guilty to one count of voluntarily causing hurt to the maid, was jailed for four weeks yesterday.
After committing the offence, Tay went to her bedroom and slept.
Unable to tolerate any more abuse, Ms Saedatun climbed out of a bathroom window about five hours later and was rescued.
While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, the maid tearfully told Madam Seetoh, about her ordeal.
Ms Saedatun was taken to Alexandra Hospital, where she was found to be suffering from injuries including swelling on the left side of her forehead and face.
In mitigation, Tay's lawyer, Mr Louis Joseph from Regent Law, told District Judge V. Jesudevan that his client had made voluntary compensation of $3,000 to the maid.
He also said his client suffers from mental conditions including obsessive compulsive disorder and explosive personality disorder.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Yvonne Poon said the housewife was diagnosed with depression in 2012 and was prescribed medication for it.
However, Tay decided to stop taking them as she felt that she was not mentally unsound.
Judge Jesudevan gave her a long lecture before handing out his sentence.
Calling her conduct "deplorable", he said that "as human beings, we must extend respect to other human beings". For abusing Ms Saedatun, Tay could have been jailed up to three years and fined up to $7,500.
This article was first published on August 27, 2014.
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