More jail time for maid abuser

More jail time for maid abuser
'RELENTLESS TORMENTOR': Chan - who is serving a 21-month sentence - was given three additional months' jail yesterday.

SINGAPORE - A woman serving a 21-month sentence for maid abuse was given three additional months' jail yesterday for hitting the victim's back twice with a foldable chair.

Chan Huey Fern, 33, admitted to causing hurt to her Indonesian maid, Juwarti, then 22, at her Buangkok Link flat between June and September 2010.

She will start her latest sentence after completing her current jail term.

She had been convicted after a 13-day trial last year of five of 12 charges. Her appeal against conviction and the sentence was dismissed by the High Court last month.

She began her sentence on Aug 8 on a series of charges which included punching Ms Juwarti in the eye, and kicking her body and her groin several times. She kicked the maid in the private parts until the latter bled.

The trial judge, Low Wee Ping, had labelled her a relentless tormentor in his judgment. He said this was probably one of the most distressing domestic maid-abuse cases in Singapore.

Chan, the court heard, began abusing Ms Juwarti a year after the maid started work for the family. The abuse went on for nine months. The maid ran away as she could not tolerate the torture any more.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua said that, some time between July and September 2010, Chan felt the victim had not been looking after her two-year-old son diligently and was angry about it.

She punched Ms Juwarti on the chest, causing the victim to fall. She pulled the maid into the master bedroom, closed the door and pushed her on the forehead. The back of the victim's head hit a wall.

After scolding the maid, she kicked her on the stomach, causing the victim to crouch due to the pain. She then stamped on the victim's body.

She asked the maid to turn around and face the wall. She picked up the foldable chair and hit the victim twice on the back.

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