A Singapore man was jailed for one week on Friday after his Filipino maid was thrown from his car and suffered serious injuries.
The 38-year-old man was also banned from driving for two years by a Singapore court after pleading guilty to causing grievous hurt by a negligent act to his 27-year-old maid in February 2016.
Noel Loh Hwei Ming, a financial consultant, had been driving his wife, three children and Filipino maid Credo Crinessa Reyes along the East Coast Parkway into Bayshore Road on February 7, 2016, the Shin Min Daily News reported.
While making a left turn, Loh lost control of his car, skidded to the right and mounted the centre divider of the road. The car then hit a lamp-post, mounted the kerb on the other side of the road and hit the railing before coming to a halt.
The maid, who had been sitting in the rear of the car, was thrown out of the vehicle as she was not wearing a seat belt, the court heard. She was taken to Changi General Hospital where she stayed for 52 days as a result of multiple injuries, including several fractures to the head, neck and spine, hearing loss in her right ear and visual impairment.
A medical examination on June 21 this year showed that Reyes, who is now at home in the Philippines, had not fully recovered and had difficulty walking.
The court heard the road surface was slightly wet due to earlier rain, the car was not speeding and did not have any mechanical faults. However, as the driver, Loh bore responsibility for his maid not wearing a seat belt and her suffering severe injuries after being thrown out of the vehicle, the judge said.