An employer accused of rupturing the liver of her Indonesian maid in an attack told a court yesterday her helper had been heavily in debt and suicidal. The District Court heard Leung Yee-kwan, 27, allowed Rusmini Gunung, 27, to continue working for her out of sympathy after sacking her in August last year for doing her job poorly. The part-time student said she initially wanted to order Ms Gunung to leave her Fo Tan flat after firing her but was forced to change her mind as the maid became agitated after receiving the dismissal letter. 'I could have ordered her to pack her bags and leave. But she acted in a way indicating that she would commit suicide. It made me feel afraid . . . She was crying aloud, asking me whether I was playing with her, whether I wanted her to die,' Leung said. Leung said Ms Gunung had put her hands over her ears and squatted, which, she said, indicated a suicide attempt. But prosecutor Edward Laskey said: 'In fact it indicated she was terrified at what you did to her.' Leung denied this. She said she was sympathetic to the maid, who owed an employment agent fees amounting to seven months' salary and had to support her family in Indonesia. She said she had decided to keep the maid until a replacement was found. When asked why she would continue to employ Ms Gunung after the maid had allegedly made a false accusation against her, Leung broke down in tears and said she had had no knowledge of the allegation. Leung denied forcing the maid to dictate a letter admitting fabrication of an assault allegation. She denies one charge of common assault, four of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, four of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and one of carrying out acts intended to pervert the course of justice. The trial continues before Deputy Judge Peter Law Tak-chuen.