HDB blocks on Senja Road, Bukit Panjang, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 45-year-old Singaporean woman was given a 13-month jail term and ordered to pay S$3,500 in compensation to an Indonesian woman after being found guilty by a local court of physical assault.

Housewife Rospidah Tukiman was found guilty last Friday of two charges of voluntarily causing hurt against her former worker Tumijah, aged 32, on two occasions, the Shin Min Daily News reported.

The Singapore court found Tukiman guilty of physically assaulting the domestic worker, who had also been exploited, between the years 2012 and 2016.

The court learned that the first incident took place at the home in HDB Blk 627 on Senja Road in Bukit Panjang between August and October in 2015 when the woman was angered by the worker cooking the wrong dishes for her. The Indonesian woman was stabbed in her left hand with a fork.

Another count of physical abuse was noted in February 2016, when Tukiman was told “two days late” that her daughter had fallen on an escalator and injured her leg while Tumijah was taking the girl to a piano class on February 13.

The court learned that the employer shoved the Indonesian woman’s head twice against the toilet wall. The impact was so hard that it left blood on it.

The next day, the maid took the opportunity to escape while Tukiman’s husband took the girls to school at around 7am. She was seen pacing back and forth in front of a police station, hesitating for hours until an officer approached her at around 2pm.

It was also revealed that Tukiman made Tumijah work for seven days a week and had paid her no salary from the beginning of her employment in February 2012, according to the findings of an investigation by the Ministry of Manpower.

Officials from the ministry had intervened and claimed outstanding wages which they said were owed to the worker.

Tukiman has lodged an appeal against her conviction and sentence.

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