A Filipina driver who pleaded guilty at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court to one count of wounding a domestic worker may escape imprisonment.
Maria Fe HP admitted wounding her compatriot at their employer’s flat at the Belcher’s in Shek Tong Tsui on Hong Kong Island in May, hongkongnews.com.hk reported.
The court heard the defendant complained about the congee the domestic worker had prepared and took the lid off the pot and hit her twice with it.
The employer was not home at the time. Another domestic worker heard the commotion and went to the kitchen and tried to pacify the defendant but failed.
The woman suffered injuries to her head and was sent to the Queen Mary Hospital as she was bleeding. The crime of “wounding” is a serious offense and carries a penalty of up to three years imprisonment.
However, the judge called for a community service report and a probation order report to find out if the defendant could do community service instead of going to prison, emphasizing all sentencing options were still open.
The chances of Maria Fe doing community service instead are not good since she had already been fired by her employer and is now living with a cousin in Hong Kong. The Immigration Department extended her visa only because of the pending case against her.
After her conviction, Immigration might reject any new application from her to work with a new employer. Judge Lau adjourned the case to Sept. 18, while Maria Fe was allowed to post bail.