An employer accused of repeatedly beating her domestic helper – and reminding her she was still alive when the worker complained of the pain – walked free from court on Thursday. Kwun Tong magistrate Debbie Ng Chung-yee acquitted Liu Xinhong, 44, after she found the helper, who claimed she was slapped with a thick book and punched, exaggerated her claims for “other motives”. Criticising the credibility of the witness, the magistrate said: “As much as she descried how serious the assault was, the injuries did not reflect it at all.” Liu originally pleaded not guilty to one count of common assault on Hindun Fitriah. The helper testified on Thursday that the string of assaults began on July 6 this year when she was cleaning the windows at Liu’s flat in Tong Ming Court in Tseung Kwan O. The helper claimed she turned to Liu’s three-year-old daughter in the middle of the task as the girl wanted to play. But the dirty window angered the defendant, who then, the helper claimed, slapped her face, eyes and the back of her head. Liu also allegedly kicked the helper. The helper claimed Liu later grabbed her hair and pulled her to the toilet to wash her face before further assaulting her. In another room, it was alleged the helper was slapped with a thick book and punched in the stomach. The helper said it was so painful that she fell to the ground. “You are not dead yet!” she claimed she was told by Liu. The helper said she then fled the home and walked 24 floors to the ground floor to seek help from the security guard. But the magistrate raised doubts as to why the helper did not make a report to the police until two days later. She also called the witness evasive and said she had “other motives” after the helper admitted in cross-examination she wanted compensation from the defendant. Liu, who was barred from returning to her home as part of her bail conditions, left court without commenting on the case. Support Group for Hong Kong Employers with Foreign Domestic Helpers convenor Joan Tsui Hiu-tung, who has spoken with Liu, said the woman had been suffering from immense stress and was relieved that the magistrate had dismissed the charge against her.