A 30-year-old Indonesian domestic worker in Singapore was jailed for eight months by the State Courts on Monday after pleading guilty to causing hurt while she cared for an 89-year-old employer with dementia late last year.
Defendant Yesana Elizabeth Doliab was hired in July to look after an elderly woman named Mary Tan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and lived in an HDB flat in Sengkang with six other family members, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) reported.
Between August 1 and September 15, 2017, the elderly woman called the worker “stupid” and pushed her head on some occasions. Doliab, in return, pinched Tan hard on her breast, hip, buttock and back, leaving multiple bruises on her body.
At 10am on Sept 15, while busy lifting the woman from a wheelchair to a bed, Doliab was unaware that Tan’s pyjamas were caught. The latter tried to alert the worker to the problem by pulling her hair, but that angered the maid who then poked the elderly woman in her left eye with her right index finger in revenge.
One of the Tan’s granddaughters returned home after work and was puzzled by her grandmother’s bloodshot red eye. That prompted her to question the caretaker, who denied having anything to do with it.
But the maid was arrested by police around midnight, and later a medical examination report found Tan had endured abuse as she had bruises on her face, arms, lower back and buttock.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Derek Ee called for a sentence of eight months because Tan was a vulnerable victim who had limited mobility and suffered from dementia, which prevented her from remembering being abused.
The maid apologized to her employers through an interpreter, and was seen crying in court.