A 34-year-old Filipina domestic worker was found not guilty by a Hong Kong court last week of intimidation and assault on a young ward she was employed to look after.
The defendant attended a trial at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court last Thursday charged with one count of indecent assault, two counts of common assault and three counts of criminal intimidation, according to a statement on the Judiciary’s website.
According to a report on Monday published by Next Magazine, the defendant was employed by a Hong Kong family earlier this year to take care of the working parents’ nine-year-old daughter.
Her employer complained that the domestic worker had failed to do her duty from the third day after she arrived. She also found that the maid had moved a surveillance camera several times.
She decided to terminate the domestic worker’s contract, but asked her to work until March 9.
In Hong Kong, employers must give one month’s notice of termination of a domestic worker’s contract, but most employers tend to request that a fired domestic worker leaves immediately, along with compensation of one month’s salary.
On March 10, the employer’s daughter, who was identified as Y to protect her identity, told her parents that she had been maltreated by the defendant.
The girl claimed that the domestic worker had touched her private parts on February 26 and asked her to climb over the balcony. She said the domestic worker asked her not to tell her mother and threatened her by pointing at a meat cleaver in the kitchen.
Y said she also felt intimidated by the domestic worker, who twisted her arms and said something in Tagalog that she couldn’t understand. The girl later visited the doctor and was told her muscles were injured.
The girl said she had kept quiet before the domestic worker left as she was worried about her personal safety.
The employer claimed she did not call the police immediately as she did not want her daughter to go through the legal process. Two weeks later, she reported the case to the police as her daughter had nightmares about the defendant murdering her family and friends.
Last Thursday, the defendant was found not guilty on all charges by the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court.