Date
25 July 2017
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (left) is shown on her way to testify at her February 2015 trial. Her former employer, Law Wan-tung (right) lost her bid to have her conviction and six-year jail sentence quashed. Photos: The Telegraph, Reuters
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (left) is shown on her way to testify at her February 2015 trial. Her former employer, Law Wan-tung (right) lost her bid to have her conviction and six-year jail sentence quashed. Photos: The Telegraph, Reuters

Erwiana’s former employer loses appeal

A Hong Kong judge has thrown out an appeal by an employer against her conviction and jail sentence for assault and work-related charges.

Public broadcaster RTHK is reporting that Law Wan-tung lost her bid to have her conviction and six-year imprisonment reversed by the Court of Appeal.

Law was found guilty by the District Court in February 2015 of multiple assault and employment-related charges stemming from a complaint by Indonesian helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.

Law, who represented herself, argued as to whether the trial judge had taken into account the inconsistencies and discrepancies in the evidence given by Erwiana.

She also questioned whether the judge had erred by finding that all medical evidence in the case supported the prosecution’s case.

Law requested that she be granted legal aid. She said she had made an application to the Legal Aid Department earlier, but it was turned down, RTHK says.

Justice Michael Lunn rejected Law’s application for permission to appeal, saying he will give his reasons at a later date.

But he told Law that she has a fortnight to appeal against his decision.

Law was found guilty of 18 charges including causing grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages.

During her trial, Erwiana testified that Law had tortured her by punching and slapping her, and ramming a vacuum-cleaner tube in her mouth. She was also hit her with hangers, mop handles and a ladder, according to RTHK.

Erwiana also said she was not paid. She said she was only allowed to sleep from 1pm to 5pm each day, and was only given six pieces of bread and a bowl of rice to eat.

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