HDB estates on Yishun Ring Road in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
HDB estates on Yishun Ring Road in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 24-year-old domestic worker was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to wounding her employer’s daughter, a 25-year-old woman who was mentally challenged.

Defendant Lal Ven Tluang, a Myanmar national, was hired by a mother three or four months ago as a domestic worker to take care of her daughter, a member of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), in a state-owned HDB flat on Yishun Ring Road, Lianhe Zaobao reported.

The maid was assigned to live in the same bedroom as the woman in order to better look after her.

At 6am on July 29, the mother found her daughter covered in bruises – on her eyes, cheeks, arms, thighs and hips. The victim also complained of neck pain, but she could not account for the injuries.

The mother noted that her daughter was showing fear towards the defendant. That caused her to question the maid, who claimed she had no idea about any of the injuries.

The employer checked closed-circuit television footage and was shocked to see the maid grab and shake her daughter’s head violently, then grab her neck tightly so she could slap the victim in her face several times.

When the victim tried to tidy up her bedding, the maid hit the woman in her face using a pillow, causing her to fall over.

The mother filed a complaint with the employment agency and reported the incident to police. Fortunately, a medical report showed that her daughter’s injuries were not severe.

The maid apologized to the employer and her daughter, and plead guilty to three counts of wounding with intent in court. She said she had lost her temper because the daughter failed to follow her instructions while she helped her put her a bra, and the victim could not do simple bedding.