A 46-year-old Singaporean woman was jailed at Singapore district court for one year and eight months on Wednesday for almost blinding her Myanmar domestic worker. She was also ordered to pay more than S$38,000 (US$27,813) in compensation to cover the worker’s medical bills and prospective loss of earnings.
Suzanna Bong Sim Swan was found guilty of assaulting Myanmar national Than Than Soe, who suffered from physical abuse and exploitation throughout her employment between May 2013 and May 2015, the Straits Times reported.
The court learned that not only did the employer not pay the worker, she refused to give her any days off. Moreover, Bong frequently found fault with Than’s work and scolded her severely.
Four months after Than started work for her, Bong’s verbal abuse escalated into physical abuse. She was quick to lose her temper and punched Than in the face and eyes whenever she became angry. This reportedly happened two or three times a week.
The victim complained of blurred vision as early as January 2014, but Bong refused to take her for medical attention.
Things reached a climax on May 17, 2015, when Bong was reportedly angry to find that Than had used her medicated oil to help treat a headache. Bong claimed that her dog did not like the smell of the oil.
She allegedly grabbed the glass bottle of medicated oil and hit the worker’s left cheek three times. The next day, Than decided she could not put up with Bong’s abuses any longer and filed a case with the police.
Officers sent the victim to hospital, where she was diagnosed with retinal detachment to her left eye as well as severe injuries to her right eye.
After a series of operations, the victim has only managed to partially regain her sight.