An 80-year-old woman who was filmed attacking her Indonesian maid was given a bind-over order at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The prosecutor dropped three charges of common assault and one count of intimidation against Pang Yuk-ching, who was bound over on HK$3,000 (US$382) for two years of good behavior, the Sing Pao Daily reported.
The domestic worker, 35-year-old Indonesian Tri Wahyuni, was employed by Pang’s son to take care of Pang, who lives in Grand View Garden in Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon.
The court heard Pang had attacked Wahyuni between January and March this year. In January, Pang entered Wahyuni’s room and scolded her for wasting electricity by using the dehumidifiers in winter. When Wahyuni rebuffed her, Pang slapped her mouth.
But Wahyuni did not report the assault to Pang’s son or police.
In early February, Pang reprimanded Wahyuni again for wasting electricity and slapped her mouth a second time. This time Wahyuni told Pang’s son his mother had assaulted her, but he allegedly ignored the assault.
On February 28, Pang entered Wahyuni’s room when she was talking to a friend on Facebook live. In the 12-minute-video, Pang admonished Wahyuni, who argued back. Both were speaking in Cantonese. The elderly woman was then seen smacking Wahyuni in the face, mouth and thighs and then threatened to kill the Indonesian.
Wahyuni replied in Cantonese: “Kill me then.” The whole incident was streamed live on Facebook. It was understood Pang’s son was not at home at the time.
Police received an anonymous tip on March 1 and arrested Pang that night. The domestic worker was sent to the hospital for a medical examination as she reported feeling unwell, but no injuries were found.