A 39-year-old Indonesian worker was sentenced to five weeks in prison at the West Kowloon Magistrates Court on Friday for assaulting a 90-year-old man in her care.
Defendant Siti Anisah pleaded guilty for two counts of assault on an elderly man, who was confined to a wheelchair and had dementia, after her assault was captured on a surveillance camera, Oriental Daily reported.
The lawyer pleaded for leniency in the court, saying the defendant felt remorse and understood she could not use violence again.
Acting principal magistrate Ada Yim said the defendant was the sole caretaker looking after the old man when the assault happened. According to a report from a probation officer, it was obvious that the defendant could not stand her heavy workload. However, she chose to stay with the job due to financial need.
The magistrate reprimanded the defendant, saying she needed to control her emotion and not release her stress on the old man, as her actions had left him frightened and suffering injuries, Apple Daily reported.
Earlier, the court heard that the old man’s children hired the defendant to take care of their father in an apartment in Shek Lei Estate in Kwai Chung.
The case happened when the mother was sick and in hospital, leaving the elderly man and the defendant at home.
The assault came to light when the children visited their father and found injuries on his face and nose. They then checked surveillance camera footage and found the defendant hit the old man’s face, used a towel to clean his face abruptly and pushed his head.