Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

Alleged assault victim Erwiana ‘was not paid or given time off’, court hears

Former employer faces more charges in addition to alleged physical abuse of maid

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 April, 2014, 2:25pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 6:20pm

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was not paid any wages during her seven months’ employment and was not granted 16 days of holidays she was due, the Kwun Tong court heard today.

Details of additional charges against her former employer, Law Wan-tung, 44, were disclosed in court today and added to the seven criminal charges of physically abusing the maid. Law is facing 25 summonses for breaching the Employment Ordinance.

The court heard that Law failed to pay Erwiana’s wages during her employment from May 30, last year, to January 9, which amounted to HK$28,831, as well as HK$551 annual leave pay. Also, she did not grant her 13 rest days and three days of statutory holiday.

No plea was entered as the summonses were read out in court. The case was adjourned to May 20, and will be heard in the District Court.

Law allegedly hit Erwiana with a mop, vacuum cleaner tube, hanger and ruler, and pushed the domestic helper's head against a wall.

She suffered multiple injuries, such as broken teeth and upper jaw, nose fractures and brain swelling, the court heard earlier.

Law threatened to kill her parents if she did not obey orders, the court heard.

She is charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and one of criminal intimidation towards Erwiana, at her Tseung Kwan O home from July 5, 2013, to January 9 this year.

Three other charges allege that Law assaulted and injured a second maid, Tutik Lestari Ningish, as well as threatening to injure her family between April 19, 2010, and March 30, 2011. The alleged offences took place at Law’s former home in Mong Kok.

The remaining two charges allege that Law assaulted a third helper, Nurhasanah, and threatened to injure her and her family at the Mong Kok flat in December 2011.

The alleged victims are all Indonesians.

Foreign domestic helper groups protested outside the court today calling for justice for Erwiana and other migrant workers.