A Singaporean couple who were convicted last month of abusing their 20-year-old Myanmar domestic worker between August and October 2016 were sentenced to jail and ordered to compensate the victim at the District Court on Monday morning.
Linda Seah Lei Sie, 39, a beauty salon manager, was jailed for three years by District Judge Olivia Low after she was found guilty of five assault charges and one count of forcing the victim, Phyu Phyu Mar, to drink tainted water, the Shin Min Daily News reported.
Her husband Lim Toon Leng, 44, was jailed for six weeks for assault; he was found guilty of punching the worker twice after he had wrongly accused her of throwing away his spectacles.
The wife was ordered to pay S$11,800 in compensation to their victim, while the man was ordered to pay S$500, meaning the victim should be due a total of S$12,300 (US$9,048) in compensation.
District Judge Olivia Low slammed Seah for tormenting and punishing the worker for months by forcing her to perform acts of self-harm. She also pointed out that Seah’s unhappiness with the victim’s work did not justify any form of violence.
The court also learned that the victim had not received her monthly salary of S$700 throughout her employment until intervention by the Ministry of Manpower. During this time her weight plummeted to 38 kilograms from 50kg because she was not given enough food.
The couple intend to appeal their convictions and jail sentences, with Seah also planning to appeal against the compensation she was ordered to pay the victim. They have been released on bail pending their appeals.