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Hong Kong Couple Sentenced for Brutalizing Indonesian Maid

By    |   Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 04:08 AM

A Hong Kong couple described by the presiding judge as “cruel” and “vicious” was found guilty and sentenced to jail for brutalizing their Indonesian maid, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.
 
Tai Chi-wai, 42, was sentenced to three years and three months in jail, while his wife Catherine Au Yuk-shan, 41, received five and a half years behind bars for abusing Kartika Puspitasari, 30, who worked for them from October 2010 until her escape in October 2012.

Puspitasari testified last month that before leaving the house in the morning, the couple tied her legs and her hands behind her back.

They left no food or water for her, and she said she was left starving and dehydrated and forced to urinate where she sat. In the daytime, she would be tied up unless the couple needed her to work.

Puspitasari testified last month that she escaped one morning last October after she managed to free herself after the couple left for work,the South China Morning Post reported Aug. 28. She sought refuge in the Indonesian consulate.

The victim said she was also beaten with a bicycle chain and clothes hanger and attacked with a paper cutter, the BBC reported.

In pronouncing sentence, Hong Kong judge So-Wai-tak said the couple’s actions had damaged Hong Kong’s reputation as a safe place to work for migrant workers.

Representatives of the city’s estimated 300,000 domestic workers were in court during the trial to highlight what they regard as a lack of protection in Hong Kong.

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A Hong Kong couple described by the presiding judge as “cruel” and “vicious” was found guilty and sentenced to jail for brutalizing their Indonesian maid, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.
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