Foreign domestic workers have it hard in Singapore.
Lucky ones will meet with good families and become so close they’ll care for her like she’s family when she falls ill.
As for the unlucky ones, they might meet up with a person like the youth we’re going to talk about.
On 7 Jun 2018, Ng Jia Sheng asked his family’s domestic worker, Estabillo Soledad Agustin, to switch on the air-conditioner.
He got angry when Ms Agustin replied “in an irritated manner”.
Subsequently, she switched on the aircon and threw the aircon controller on a table.
Cue Shit Hitting Fan
The pair got into an argument that escalated, leading Ng to first spit into Ms Estabillo’s face, and her doing the same thing to him.
During the argument, he had told her that she was “only a maid, was poor and had no right to be in Singapore”.
They were separated by his father and Ms Estabillo went into the kitchen.
Furious, he marched in after her and threw a metal mug, the first thing he could get his hands on, at her.
The mug struck her left cheek near her nose.
Ms Agustin started crying and throwing various things at him, none of which hit him.
She was eventually restrained by Ng’s brother and left the house to ask another maid to call the police.
She was found to have multiple facial injuries, including a fracture on her nose, when she was examined by a doctor at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Youth Pleads Guilty To Abusing Maid
On 2 Jun 2020, Ng pleaded guilty to:
- Using criminal force on Ms Agustin in 2018
- Causing her grevious hurt by a rash act endangering her personal safety
He also admitted that he had used insulting words which have caused her alarm.
For causing grevious hurt by a rash act of endangering the personal safety of others, he can be jailed for up to four years, fined up to $10,000, or both.
For using criminal force on a person, he can be given a jail term of up to three months, fined up to $1,500, or both.
As for using insulting words to cause alarm to a person, he can face a maximum penalty of six months’ jail and a $5,000 fine.
Ng’s case has been adjourned to next week and they are assessing if he is suitable for probation.
Ms Agustin has returned to her home country.
If there’s one important lesson we can learn from this, it’s that we should all learn to control our temper.
Because intentional or not, even if you injure someone in the heat of the moment, you’ll still be punished.
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