SINGAPORE - A paralegal was so angry that her Indonesian domestic helper gave her mother pills which had spilled onto the floor that she repeatedly struck her with a wooden scratcher, causing injuries including two fractured fingers.
Ng Bee Choo, 48, admitted causing grievous hurt to Ms Weti Alimi Carmadi and was jailed for 10 months on Monday (April 29).
Ms Weti, 33, started working at Ng's Circuit Road flat in October 2016 and her duties included taking care of her employer's aged, wheelchair-bound mother who has heart problems.
The court heard that Ng started abusing her maid physically and verbally the following year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Houston Johannus told District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt that Ms Weti did not seek help or tell anyone about her ordeal, as she was frightened.
In late January last year, Ng was waiting for Ms Weti to give her mother her daily medication at around 7.30am when she noticed that the maid had dropped a bottle of pills onto the floor, and its contents spilled out.
Ms Weti then picked up the pills from the floor and fed them to the elderly woman.
The DPP said: "The accused was furious with the victim, as she perceived that the victim had fed her mother with dirtied pills, and used a wooden scratcher to strike the victim's head once.