A maid was forced to work 21 hours a day and endure beatings with a toilet brush, a court heard yesterday. Sutinah Samian, 22, told Tsuen Wan magistrate Allan Wyeth she was hit repeatedly with the brush by her employer, Leung Wai-kuen, on October 10 last year. She also said she was forced to work 21 hours a day at Leung's Kwai Chung home and factory. Leung denies one charge of assault causing injury and wounding. Ms Samian, an Indonesian, arrived in Hong Kong in June 1999, was employed by the defendant on the 23rd of that month. Testifying against her former employer, Ms Samian said that at about 4.30am, she was ironing clothes when the defendant woke up and told her to prepare breakfast for her two-year-old son. Later, while she was preparing milk for the boy, Leung woke up again and angrily warned her she must finish the ironing before 6am or she 'knew what was going to happen to her', the court heard. When the defendant went back to sleep, Ms Samian also prepared breakfast for Leung's 10-year-old daughter. The court heard Leung woke up again and, on realising Ms Samian had not finished the ironing, hit her head, shoulders and back for 15 minutes with a toilet brush. Ms Samian said she fended off Leung by raising her arms, which she said were also injured in the attack, the impact of which broke the toilet brush. She testified that the next morning, after returning from work in Leung's factory, she started her housework duties without any sleep. When Mr Wyeth interrupted the maid's testimony to query her working hours, Ms Samian told the court she usually started work at 5am and finished at 2am the next day, as she had to do housework, work in the factory and wait until the two children were asleep. The court heard she was on a two-year contract with the family as a domestic helper. She said she usually skipped sleep to allow herself more time to finish work, but the long hours often left her tired and unable to work quickly. She added that she always feared if she did not finish work on time, she would be beaten. Mr Wyeth then called a halt to proceedings and ordered prosecution and defence counsel to his chamber to discuss problems with the interpreting service. 'The court is concerned with the present interpretation process. In the interest of a fair trial and for the sake of justice, I order that a new trial be held in this case,' he said, setting the new hearing for June 1.