AN employer who indecently assaulted his maid three times has had his four-month jail sentence suspended on appeal to the High Court. Mr Justice Wong said the incidents took place in the kitchen after the man's wife had taken their two older children to school last May. On each occasion the man, 33, forcibly kissed the maid, who is in her early 20s, and fondled her. He either gestured to her to go to bed with him or dragged her to her bedroom. He was disturbed each time, either by the doorbell ringing, or the youngest child coming in. The man, who has three daughters aged under seven, also appealed against conviction on four counts of indecent assault. Mr Justice Wong dismissed the appeals against three counts, but quashed the final count. He suspended the four-month sentence for two years, because once the last count had been quashed, injuries to the maid were no longer an aggravating feature. On the last occasion, the maid's arms were bruised when she was dragged to the bedroom, the judge said in his reserved judgement. She ran to a friend's home and a complaint was made to the authorities. During a magistrate's court hearing, the man testified he had gone to work at the times the incidents were said to have occurred and said the maid had fabricated the story because she did not like her job. But the magistrate rejected his evidence and sentenced him to four months' jail. On appeal, Mr David Mackenzie-Ross argued that the magistrate had erred in holding that the bruising corroborated the maid's story on the fourth count, as it was only more evidence from the maid. The Crown conceded this point, but asked the judge to dismiss the appeal on this count, saying there was no miscarriage of justice. But the judge said this was a material irregularity and allowed the appeal on this count. He said that as the appellant had a clear record and was hard-working, he would temper justice with mercy.