Amah in walk out case puts blame on beatings

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 May, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 May, 1995, 12:00am

JULIA'S former employers are contesting her claim for termination pay. They say she walked out without giving notice.

At 2 am on April 22, the 37-year-old maid did leave her employer's Pokfulam home with no intention of returning because of crippling injuries they had inflicted hours earlier.

Julia (not her real name) reported the abuse to the police and is fighting for her termination pay through the Labour Tribunal.

She moved in with the couple and three-month-old boy 14 months ago.

'After a few months their real character came out,' Julia said.

Last Christmas Eve, the husband asked her to clean a window grille which she had already done. After she cleaned it again, he was still unhappy and banged it down on her head. She was knocked down with blood pouring from her forehead.

Such incidents were common, Julia said, and often involved the wife as well.

Four weeks ago the final straw came when she was feeding the baby and he no longer wanted to drink.

Julia said the couple blamed her and began beating her back with coat hangers. She fell to the floor, trying to protect her back, but the man pulled her up, twisting her wrist, and kicked her in the hip.

They ordered her into the bathroom, beat her with coat hangers, hard slippers and banged her head against the wall.

'They said they would kill me if I went to ask for help, but my back was very swollen and I could not tolerate the pain. At 2 am I left to go to the hospital. I only took my wallet, my personal belongings are still with them.' Julia's employers were not available for comment last night.