Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

Erwiana’s former employer to face 13 fresh charges over treatment of maids

Previous charges against Law Wan-tung also amended to include more serious offences such as inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 1:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 8:18am

The Hong Kong woman who allegedly abused Indonesian domestic maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and two other domestic helpers will face 13 new charges which were added on Tuesday.

The existing seven charges against Law Wan-tung were also amended by prosecutor Michael Wong.

The new charges include assault of Nurhasanah, another domestic helper formerly employed by Law, and criminal intimidation of Nurhasanah and Tutik Lestari Ningsih, who also worked for Law.

Ten counts of labour-related offences, including failing to pay wages to Erwiana and failing to grant holidays due, were also added.

The amended charges now include the more serious offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Erwiana and causing grievous harm with intent, as well as one count of common assault of Ningsih and a count of criminal intimidation.

The alleged offences involving Erwiana took place at Law’s home in Tseung Kwan O, while those involving Ningsih and Nurhasanah allegedly took place at Law’s former home in Mong Kok.

Law, 44, will face all 20 charges when her case is heard in the District Court on June 10.

Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung extended Law’s bail on Tuesday according to its previous terms.

Law wore a cap, sunglasses and a face-mask as she attended the court hearing with her husband.

In previous hearings, the court heard that Law had kicked and beaten Erwiana, as well as assaulting Ningsih and Nurhasanah.

Law was intercepted at an immigration checkpoint at the airport in January while trying to leave for Thailand, after Erwiana’s case made global headlines.

Thousands of foreign domestic helpers and their supporters have protested in Hong Kong over the case, demanding improved rights and protections for maids in Hong Kong.