Date
17 December 2017
Domestic workers perform a vital task for the community and the economy, according to a Hong Kong district judge. Photo: HKEJ
Domestic workers perform a vital task for the community and the economy, according to a Hong Kong district judge. Photo: HKEJ

Hot water-throwing employer gets probation

A retired Hong Kong civil servant has begun serving an 18-month probation after being found guilty of abusing her Bangladeshi domestic helper.

Au Wai-chun, 62, showed no remorse when she poured hot water on the maid, a district court judge said during sentencing.

The judge called Au’s crime barbaric and said it will hurt the reputation of Hong Kong employers and the trust of domestic workers.

Domestic helpers make great contributions to the local community and the economy, he said.

The victim, 27-year-old Raksona Begum, suffered first-degree and second-degree burns and was hospitalized for five days, the court heard.

The judge sentenced Au to six months’ imprisonment but said a probation would be suitable after accepting her claim that she lost her temper.

He said the chances of Au committing a similar offense are low and took note of the fact the she suffers from cervical spondylosis, a condition that impairs mobility, the report said.

Begum testified that Au had become angry after she gave her a cup of water her employer said was not hot enough.

Au uttered abusive language about Bangladeshis then pulled the maid by the collar and poured hot water on her body.

Au was arrested after Begum called the police with the help of passers-by, the report said.

Au’s current Filipino maid had written to the court to plead for leniency for her employer.

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