Two Filipina domestic workers were remanded in custody after a magistrate refused them bail on charges of wounding and assault in Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The prosecutor objected to granting bail to the defendants, Priscilla Salazar Yra, 48 and Belinda Fajardo Anastacio, 34, because of the seriousness of the offenses and the strong evidence against them, sunwebhk.com reported, adding that they would have no place to stay in Hong Kong as their employers were intending to terminate their contracts.
The defendants got into a fight on Monday at a luxury apartment at the Harbourside, a luxury residential complex in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei, while their employers were away on holiday in Thailand.
The court heard that Anastacio slapped Yra in the face and the two women pulled each other’s hair. During the struggle, Anastacio grabbed a ceramic cup and hit Yra’s right hand with it, the prosecutor said.
Yra then took a kettle filled with hot water and doused its content on Anastacio, scalding her chest and left hand. Both were later sent to the hospital for treatment.
Lawyers for the two had applied for bail. Yra’s lawyer said his client only had HK$80 (US$10) in her wallet, but could stay in her employment agency’s boarding house if granted bail.
Yra, who had been in Hong Kong since 2013, separated from her husband 14 years ago and has two daughters who are both married.
Meanwhile, Anastacio’s lawyer said his client could post HK$1,500 bail and was willing to surrender her passport and live in her agency’s boarding house.
The helper has been in Hong Kong for only two years and has a clean record. She supports her parents and children in the Philippines.
Magistrate Woo Huey-fang adjourned the hearing until Oct. 31 and told the defendants to return after eight days for their bail review.