A 45-year-old man has been cleared of indecent assault charges filed against him by his domestic helper after the judge found inconsistencies in the Indonesian maid’s testimony.
The judge noted discrepancies in the account of the events given by the prosecution, making him doubtful of its veracity, Ming Pao Daily reports.
In one incident, the court heard, the domestic helper was hanging up the laundry when her employer, a driver surnamed Wong, allegedly rubbed the lower portion of his body against her from behind.
But when Wong’s wife, who is about the same in height as the maid, testified in court with photos of herself standing on a stool to hang up the laundry, she was able to show that the defendant could only have touched the maid’s bottom with his abdomen.
The helper had also claimed that while she was washing the dishes, Wong slipped a HK$100 note into her blouse pocket and touched her thighs while doing so.
When the helper reenacted the incident in court, the judge pointed out that it was impossible for Wong to reach her thigh unless she shed off her blouse.
A prosecution witness, who is the recruitment agent for the helper, testified that Wong had requested sex from the helper while she was giving him a body massage.
But the helper herself did not testify in court about such an incident, and she did not complain to the agent about being sexually harassed, Apple Daily reported.
The judge therefore ruled that her account of the incidents had inconsistencies and thus was unreliable.
The judge also doubted that Wong would blatantly harass the helper in his home when the helper slept on the upper deck of a bunk bed while Wong’s mother-in-law was on the lower decker.
He, however, pointed out that Wong should not have asked the maid for a body massage as it was inappropriate.
Wong’s wife admitted that she had scolded the maid several times because her work had not been up to par.
The maid then tried to stage a hunger strike to protest the scoldings, but the wife did not want to terminate her employment contract.
That’s probably the reason why the helper resorted to making up stories against her husband, the wife told the court.
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