HK$100,000 bid to get maid to drop assault claim, police say

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 February, 2014, 4:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 February, 2014, 5:05am

A businessman has been arrested on suspicion of offering more than HK$100,000 to an Indonesian maid to drop her case against a Chinese University professor she accuses of abusing her.

The businessman, 34, is accused of making the offer through the owner of an employment agency.

He was released on bail and must report back to Sha Tin police later this month. No charge has been laid.

Crime-squad officers are investigating whether the suspect has any connection with Professor Mak Chan Shuk-yin, an associate college head and dean of students at Chinese University's United College.

Mak has been accused of beating the helper at her home in Chinese University's staff quarters in November.

The businessman, who runs an information technology company, was picked up by police at his home in Western yesterday morning.

The arrest came after police last week arrested a 37-year-old woman, the owner of the employment agency, in her office in Central.

She was granted bail and was not charged.

Police said an initial investigation showed the man went to her office last month and claimed he wanted to recruit a foreign domestic helper.

"Then he sought help from the owner to find the victim and settle the [assault] case," a police source said.

"It is alleged the woman received several thousand dollars 'tea money' to help him find the victim and make the offer."

A police spokeswoman said the two suspects were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Police began investigating the case after receiving a complaint from the 50-year-old maid on January 25.

The helper told officers that she had received phone calls and text messages and had been asked to withdraw her complaint against Chan.

"Under police surveillance, the maid met the owner of the employment agency and she was offered more than HK$100,000 to drop her case," another police officer said.

Two days later, police arrested the agency owner.

The 57-year-old professor has been accused of abusing her Indonesian maid at her home in the Chinese University staff quarters on November 23.

The helper, who allegedly suffered head and leg injuries, made a report to police the next day.

After investigation, police arrested Chan.

She was granted bail and not charged and is required to report back to police later this month.