When Tutik Lestari Ningsih decided to come forward to speak out against her former employer in the wake of a sensational abuse case, it was hard to avoid the suggestion that she was being opportunistic. The suspicious timing raised defence lawyer Graham Harris SC's eyebrows when Tutik took to the court last month to testify against her employer, Law Wan-tung, four years after she was beaten. Law, 44, was yesterday convicted by the District Court of assaulting the maid. Tutik said she did not know Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was a victim when she found out Law was hurting others again. "When I heard about the case, I wasn't paying attention to the fact that the victim was Erwiana. I only saw Law Wan-tung," the maid said. The 29-year-old recalled how she immediately felt the urge to report her case to the police. "I thought if she could assault another maid and get away with it, she would continue to assault other helpers," she said. At times, she still feels scarred by the trauma she suffered at Law's hands; she was slapped and kicked by Law often, she told the District Court, and received death threats against her and her family. But now the maid, who is still working in Hong Kong, is happy that she has found a supportive employer. "She supports me and she tells me that when you treat people well, they will treat you well," she said, speaking of her employer of the past four years on the sidelines of a post-trial press conference co-organised by an array of rights groups for domestic helpers. Speaking at the press conference, Justice for Erwiana and All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee spokesman Sringatin said while the verdict indicated justice had been upheld, the government had much to do to deal with unfair regulations including the two-week rule and the mandatory live-in arrangement. But Joseph Law, chairman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, dismissed the groups' claims. Law said the government was right to ask domestic workers to live with their employer because of the pressing housing problem. The two-week rule requires domestic workers to leave the city in two weeks should their employment contract be terminated. The existence of the rule is believed to be one of the reasons domestic workers refuse to leave their job even when they are subject to abuse. Norma Kang Muico of Amnesty International urged the government to scrap regulations which lead to abuse.