A Filipina domestic worker has told Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court she did not make up claims that her male employer indecently assaulted her.
A lawyer defending her employer said the 43-year-old Filipina, identified as X, decided to frame the defendant – married Hong Kong man Lau Sui-wo, who is 45 – because he scolded her over her poor work performance, and had wanted to leave the house without being fired, Oriental Daily reported.
The poor performance included X burning clothes while ironing, burning the alarm clock and mattress and burning food when she forgot to turn off hot plates after cooking.
In one case, the defendant berated the domestic worker when he found out that she had forgotten to turn off the humidifier, telling X it was very dangerous and could cause a fire.
X denied the allegations, but admitted mishaps while ironing and the incident with the humidifier.
The defense lawyer said X fabricated the indecent assault allegation as she did not want to be fired when she found out from agency staff that the employer wanted to get another worker.
The court heard that the defendant was X’s third employer since she came to work in Hong Kong. X had her contract terminated by her former employer.
The defense lawyer also claimed that her statements were different from what X had told people at church, plus police and at the court hearing – including the date, site and manner in which the alleged assaults occurred.
But X told the court she did not fabricate anything, saying she was too frightened when the police took statements from her.
Lau Sui-wo was charged with five counts of indecent assault, including exposing his private parts in front of X, molesting X by touching her breast and bottom, plus kissing her at the family’s Laguna Verde apartment in Kowloon’s Hung Hom from July 31 to August 5 last year.